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Ruth’s story: from rock bottom to an abundant life

Ruth shares how learning new farming techniques has transformed her life.

With food scarce and harvests poor, life was a real struggle for Ruth. She says, ‘Life in my community is sometimes good, sometimes difficult. We don’t have water or enough to eat.’ It was difficult to provide for her family and her children would often have to beg for food. Oftentimes, it was not unusual for them to go months on end without food.

‘Not having enough food for my children is a real problem.’

It all starts with a bean

But, when Tearfund partner Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) started working in the community, life began to change. Through a church and community transformation programme, Ruth learned farming techniques and how to diversify her crops. She says, ‘If you plant one bean, you can harvest 80 beans.’ Now, Ruth hopes to send her children to school.

Life on the up

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