World Vision Mali
article • Wednesday, April 17th 2019

Strengthening Livelihoods in Crisis - Gardening that Gives Hope

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The commune of Yoro is facing more rainfall deficits that are affecting agricultural production and the access to basic food products. For more than 6 years, Patiguiba, a grandmother of seven children, has been involved in gardening activities, one of the largest income-generating activities, to meet her income and alimentary needs. Gardening activities are practiced between November and May and offer enormous earning potential for households.

Yoro is facing more rainfall deficits that are affecting agricultural production and the access to basic food products.

In 2014, the women of Yoro requested and obtained support to set up a half-hectare gardening site financed by World Vision through its area program. Forty-five (45) women joined this site including Patiguiba. She benefited from advantages from this collaboration and now grows lettuce, onion and okra.

"If one of my grandchildren gets sick, I pay for his prescription costs without anyone’s assistance. "

The sale of these products is a source of bounty for her. It allows her to contribute to the expenses of her household as she earns between 75,000 and 125,000 CFA per harvest. "If one of my grandchildren gets sick, I pay for his prescription costs without anyone’s assistance. Our alimentation has also improved a lot, for we produce enough to feed ourselves also," said Patiguiba proudly.

Story by: Modibo Diarra, Dioungani Cluster Programs Manager

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