Joy struggled to make ends meet

For as long as she can remember, Joy has tried to grow harvests on the family land good enough to provide the food and income needed – first as a child helping her parents, then as a mother trying to feed her own children. But life was hard and it was always a struggle. Joy was keen to use more fertiliser, but the family could rarely afford it.

‘When we got back from school, there was no food for us to eat.’

Chicken

The power of chicken poo

Tearfund partner Rural Development Counsellors for Christian Churches in Africa (RURCON) started working in Joy’s Nigerian community, and invited families to take part in agricultural training. Joy was taught how chicken poo can be made into organic fertiliser, which surprised her as they previously had just gathered animal droppings and thrown them away.

‘They call me “that farming lady”. They say, “She’s done it again!”’

New beginnings

Joy’s produce is the most organic around. Her crops grow in abundance, faster and healthier, and she is also enjoying passing on what she has learnt to her children. Joy can now pay for them to go to school and has even started her own business, a thriving bookshop in town. ‘I started with suffering, but now I feel so happy,’ she says.

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