When Elizabeth’s husband died a decade ago, life seemed hopeless.

As she had no children, people expected her to give up her land. She also has leprosy – and very fragile fingers.

But then the local church showed Elizabeth that she already had all she needed to turn her life around – through the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

‘I learnt that we should live life in its fullness and I discovered that, if I planted cassava instead of envying other people, I could improve my life,’ says Elizabeth, now 50.

So she began cultivating more land, planting different varieties. She’s now earned enough to buy a bull, which makes farming easier.

There are still days when her fingers are too painful to work – but now she can count on the help of her new family: the church. ‘I live by faith in God and God is my protection,’ she says.

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