By Pauline Mbukwa, Self Help Africa

Mercy Selemani,46 from Chiwaula Village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi, in Linga EPA in Nkhotakota is married with four children. She joined Kachere FFS in 2019. Before she joined the group, she lacked the knowledge and skills in how she could  increase her production.

“I used to grow maize, but I was still practising the traditional way of planting 3 maize seed per planting station, the yield was low. When Kachere FFS came to our village, I learnt about various farming methods specifically the one plant per station which has contributed to double production from 12 bags to 25 bags of 50kgs maize” Selemani says. In addition to following the technologies that she learnt at the FFS; she also joined VSL in 2019   where she made savings amounting to K300,000 which she used  to build her 4 bedrooms house.

“I am happy, I have a modern house, this is a dream come true for me and my family. Our diet has also improved because I always have money every week, because I bought a bicycle which is used for business so every week, I receive not less than K7,000.00,” Selemani explains.

“Mercy is one of the star performers at Kachere FFS; whenever she is not sure about a certain technology, she consults. She is one of the hardworking members and a role model to her fellow farmers,” concludes Benjamin Mitole, the Master Trainer.