“Self help group concept has widened my thinking and has made me venture into projects I would never have thought of. When I started farming, most people dissuaded me citing it as a risky project but my mind was set. Through this project, I turned out to be the sole producer and distributor of vegetables and green bananas in my village. My neighbors no longer walked tens of kilometers to Lomut center to get vegetables again. During this dry season, I could still supply vegetables to most households in my village thus earning myself income. However, as the dry spell continued, water became scarce and this made the village elders restrict water usage. Irrigation was banned to secure enough water for animals and for home consumption. This was a major blow to my farming project but I did not lose hope. I had already planted some green maize which are almost fruiting, cassavas and even green bananas which do not require a lot of water.
Since I could no longer get enough cash from farming, I sat down with other farmers in my Self Help group and they advised me to venture into cereals business. I saw it as a good idea but I chose to start a canteen instead since there was none in the area. From my small savings from farming I managed to built a shop and took a loan from my SHG and started running my business.
Although I don’t get as much as I used to get from farming, I am grateful I still have a source of income. I can still get my weekly savings and some money for family upkeep. I count myself lucky because am no longer depending on selling goats and chicken to raise income for food.”