She can barely hold back her excitement.
For years Jackline has struggled to feed her growing children. She often skipped meals so that her kids would have just a little more to eat. It is only one of the many sacrifices mothers like her in Kenya make.
But thanks to donors like you, this season is different from all the others. As Jackline walks through her small 1-acre field, she is excited to show us her crops which have already experienced tremendous growth despite the lack of rainfall this year. The secret of her success has been the new Conservation Agriculture training she has been able to learn from Fadhili – one of our local church partners.
Unlike the farming methods the government teaches, which results in soil erosion and poor yields, conservation agriculture focuses on enriching the soil with nutrients and preventing water loss through proper mulching and extensive groundcover.
Your donations enabled Fadhili to expand its excellent training from Village Savings Groups to include conservation agriculture as well. By combining the two, people like Jackline can earn more income through farming and grow their wealth exponentially through the groups.
The results are so remarkable that we have seen people in Ethiopia climb out of poverty in just a few years – not only being able to feed their children but also send them to school – even college!
But feeding bellies is not the only outcome of the training. Run with local churches, before and after each training session a prayer time is held. People learn that they are valued by God and that he has given them gifts and abilities to use.
Thanks to your donations, Jackline now has a hope for the future and says: