Harvesting Happiness

LivelihoodsHungerAgricultural EconomicsMalawi

Katerina and her husband, Stanley, could barely harvest enough to feed their family from day to day. Now they have plenty to eat and are even able to share their surplus with older, more vulnerable members of the community.

‘I used to be so worried about feeding my family,’ Katerina says, ‘but now we have food, there is no more pressure. The family is secure and our worries are reduced; there is happiness unlike some years back.’

Foundations to build on
For 30 years, Katerina’s husband worked as a fishmonger and spent all his income buying food for the family. But then Tearfund began teaching a programme called Foundations for Farming in their district in Malawi.

The programme introduces an alternative to the conventional way of farming, resulting in better harvests in the face of a changing climate. Now Katerina’s family are able to produce enough food for themselves, and the profits they make from their business can be invested to improve their quality of life.

They have built up a small flock of goats, and have been able to build themselves an iron-roofed home, furnished with new chairs and a radio.

A happy home
These changes have improved the couple’s emotional wellbeing and positivity for the future: ‘We can listen to agricultural programmes and sermons on our radio. When you listen, you can laugh, you can ease yourself from any pressures.’

Less worry about where the next meal will come from has brought a positive change in their marriage, too. ‘I used to go out and leave my wife worried as to how she will take care of the children,’ explains Stanley, ‘but now my wife is always happy, so I am happy; we are closer than ever before.’

PLEASE PRAY:

  • Praise God for lives and marriages that are being transformed as the worry of providing for their families is lifted from couples like Katerina and Stanley.
  • Pray that many more families like this will reap better harvests as they implement the training they have received.
  • Pray that whole communities will benefit and be strengthened as individual members see their prospects improve.
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