Simple solutions, natural solutions
Tearfund partner Diaconia began working with Genedite’s family in 2004 – and the change since then has been remarkable.
Diaconia showed Genedite and her husband José how to use specially-adapted techniques and equipment to help them farm successfully in semi-arid conditions. The family now has a water tank, irrigation system and brushland biodigester.
Today, Genedite and her husband manage their large and successful farm using the principles of agroecology, adopting production systems that are socially responsible, economically viable and ecologically sustainable.
‘After Diaconia helped us, our life greatly improved,’ says Genedite. She and her husband now grow a wide range of vegetables (lettuce, chives, cilantro, peppers, okra and rocket) and fruit (acerola, banana, orange, mango, guava and soursop), as well as producing honey, fruit pulp, corn and hummus. Their produce is sold at agro-ecology fairs throughout the region.
Branching out, lending a hand
Now, the family has plans to expand their business into fish farming, raising tilapia, a Brazilian species of fish. This will be possible thanks to the desalination unit Diaconia has helped the community to install in their well, which removes salt and other minerals from the brackish local water. The desalination unit produces four gallons of drinking water from every ten gallons of brackish water – a real necessity in the dry local conditions.
Genedite and José have gone from strength to strength, and are now helping others to transform their lives: today, José is president of the Association of Rural Workers from Poço do Moleque.
‘From the beginning, we have always had support and guidance,’ Genedite says. ‘Diaconia is very important in our lives.’
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