Three years ago we worked with villagers to create kitchen gardens enabling them to grow food for feeding their families and to sell excess produce to others. Supported by the chief from each village we identified families willing to create a fence around their garden to prevent access by wandering goats or chickens. The householders were trained in vegetable growing methods and provided with seeds, fertiliser and pesticides. Ongoing support and guidance throughout the growing season was provided by Harry Makawa, the manager of the Irrigation Project.
Recently English volunteer, Chris, along with local woman Ireen, undertook a review of the project looking at its successes and issues and looking for ways in which we could work to improve.
Chris and Ireen were pleased to report that more than 50% of villagers that started in the scheme in 2019 are still growing vegetables and some like the family below are selling excess produce, producing a regular income for the family.