David Munyindeyi and his family live in Mongu, a remote area in western Zambia where they grow their own food to survive.
With no money, poor soil and increasingly erratic weather which made it difficult to grow their food, the family would often go days without eating. Then David heard about SCIAF's partner, Caritas Zambia, and their work to help poor farmers improve their land using simple organic farming techniques like composting, minimum tillage and planting different types of crops. David received seeds, tools and most importantly, knowledge.
Since then, David has improved the quality of his soil which means he gets much bigger harvests. Now he grows maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, ground nuts and many different vegetables. He doesn’t have to buy vegetables and even has extra to sell. Through the project he also received a bike which he shares with other families to get his surplus crops to market. With the money he’s earned he has been able to buy solar panels which power an electric light in his house.
“It’s changed our lives. Hunger isn’t such a big problem now. I feel delighted to be able to provide for my family. I hope my children have a better life, starting from now. I’d love them to make use of the skills we’ve learned so that they can be independent and won’t have to struggle the way we did.
“It would’ve been so much harder if we hadn’t had this help. We’re very grateful to the people of Scotland for their support. Please continue helping so that we can keep improving our lives and sharing the knowledge with our neighbours.”
It’s changed our lives. Hunger isn’t such a big problem. I feel delighted to be able to provide for my family.David Munyindeyi