Despair to Hope through Communal Farming

Shambani Village, Kenya

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“There is a time to till the land, a time to plant, and a time to harvest. Not all moments are enjoyable moments,” says Mary, a great example of Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Shambani Village.

She continues by saying,

“Were it not for perseverance in the course of moiling and toiling, we could not be sitting here smiling and sharing the harvest. It was not easy going to the community farm, at times, on an empty stomach. But hope of the harvest kept us moving.

“We thank the GHNI team for providing us with seedlings and insecticides along the way. We gave it our best on the farm and did all the necessary things, despite the challenges and discouragements. We focused on what awaited, and not on what we went through.”

Now Mary and the others have gotten their share out of the harvest. Mary received 110kgs (nearly 240 lbs.) of onions! Now, from this harvest, each of them is able to contribute back 20kgs (about 44 lbs.) toward buying seedlings and insecticides for the next season of farming!

With these new profits, Mary can also boost her small business of goat buying and selling. She says that she is among the most transformed in the community. When her husband died, she thought all hope had been buried with him. But now, she says her despair has been replaced with a bright future for her and her children – a life full of hope!