“Many people believe that the disabled and physically challenged people are beggars and survives on the mercy of others. I chose my course to be different and promised to only eat from my sweat. I was born crippled and spend most of my childhood secluded from others. when I came of age, I met a lady who loved me the way I was. We started a family together but I started facing challenges providing food them. My father was kind enough to give me a piece of land which became our source of food and income.
In 2016, I joined Anyinta self help group in Mnagei ward. I wanted to learn sustainable agriculture to increase my farm yields. through interacting and sharing with other farmers, I was motivated and realized that we all face the same challenges. I was keen with the training and decided to shift to drought tolerant crops production.
Most people thought I had lost my mind as well when I prepared my farm and planted millet, sorghum, cassavas, sweet potatoes and bananas instead of maize as usual. I believed that with the skill I had acquired, my harvests will be plentiful and my family will have enough for consumption and sell the surplus.
My wife and children have been very supportive. Although I am the only one who attends the training, My family helps me with the farm work. I share with them everything I learn while they implement under my supervision. This year my farm has done exceptionally well. I am no longer worried about how my family will feed because I have harvested enough and some crops are still in the farm. My neighbors have been coming to me for small portions of food in exchange for money. I was reluctant because of how they treated me but due to lack of any other source of food, I started selling to them.
From my farm, I have purchased 2sheep which I am rearing and some chicken for my wife. I believe that agriculture will transform my life and my children will get good education. I thank God for giving me the determination and will power despite being crippled. I am thankful to Jitokeze and my family who have helped stay true to my promise of not becoming a beggar.”
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