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Maria Deniasse and her family were totally dependent on their harvest. "And when there was a bad harvest, we were very badly off," she says.Maria's life improved after she joined the Smallholder Farmer Association of Sanga, an Oxfam partner, five years ago. She has succeeded in lifting her family from this precarious existence and now sells surplus beans, cassava and other produce from her family's four fields earning a monthly salary teaching adult literacy.
The Association provided training and workshops with farmers from other region. "I learned many things, such as how to make organic fertiliser and pawpaw jam, children's food, and how to dry products, how to make dams to conserve water and about forming farmers' associations."Since Maria had completed school, Association members also chose her for adult literacy teacher training from the Education Department. The department paid her a monthly teaching stipend of 550 Metical, equivalent to about NZ$20.
"After joining the association I was able to access bean seeds and learned how to plant them. Beans bring good money. I also learned how to cultivate using techniques like planting in rows and organic fertiliser. My production increased. Before, my harvest was one cart load of maize. Now it is three cart loads from the same field.""My life improved a lot, since with the money I received every month I could buy clothes and basic things for the house, and when I manage to make some money by selling farm produce, I can invest this in good to improve our life," she says. "So far, we have managed to buy two cows and three goats.
SUPPORTED BY OXFAM CANADA
Oxfam's partnership with Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI) has been helping families transform the abundant coconut into a high value, export quality virgin coconut oil. Increase incomes are having a community-wide impact.
Mano Lami lives in Siumu village on Samoa's southern coast. Before she joined the WIBDI programme she earned nothing from her family's huge coconut farm. They used to produce copra but the income was too low so they stopped. A neighbour told them about WIBDI's coconut oil production and since signing up they have not looked back since.Mano extracts the coconut flesh from the nut and dries and weighs it before it is placed into oil press machines, which use pressure to squeeze valuable oil from the flesh. The oil is then prepared for shipment to the UK, where it is processed for use in The Body Shop range.
"We now earn a lot from our production. From the income we earned we have managed to extend our house and build two garages."We can also afford to pay our electricty bills as well as paying our church donations, especially the very big annual one called the taulaga o Samoa.
"We used to rely on remittances from my children and relatives overseas to pay our bills and church donations, but this is no longer the case since we joined WIBDI, because now we have the money."The coconut oil project has done a lot for my family"
SUPPORTED BY OXFAM NEW ZEALAND