It’s early evening and Lutiya is preparing a snack of roasted maize for her children. They’ll be home from school anytime now. Lutiya has plenty of maize to go around, and there’s a good reason why...
Together with her husband and four children, Lutiya lives in a village in Salima district, Malawi. She is living a life she never imagined possible. It’s thanks – in part – to farming training she received through her church, a Tearfund partner.
‘[Before] we had no ambition and we just lived life,’ recounts Lutiya. ‘When we harvested, we would only get five bags of maize. As a result, my husband and I did casual labour to look for ways to feed our family. We had lost hope because life here is very hard.’
Their children’s education was affected, and the family faced financial penalties for not paying school fees on time. ‘It meant they would miss classes. We did not even have money to buy a pen, let alone regularly pay school fees,’ Lutiya shares.
They continued to live like this, struggling to make ends meet. Then, a life-changing opportunity came through their Pastor.