By Tisa Banda. Communications and Donor Liaison Officer, Zambia
Masauso Zulu of Joel Village in Katete district of the Eastern Province participated in a training program called Empowered World View (EWV) in 2018 organized by World Vision Zambia under the Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) project.
He had no idea how much that seemingly straightforward simple decision would improve his life.
Masauso, a young father of two, had just begun his farming career, but since learning about EWV, he has seen an increase in yield and income.
“In 2018, I did not invest a lot of money in farming but the yield was bigger and I managed to get K68,000 (3,991 USD) from the produce, which I used to buy a machine to make cooking oil and a plot to put up a hammermill”, he said.
In the 2019/2020 farming season, he again went into farming and made even more money.
Masauso made K162,000 (9,512 USD) from the sale of that farm produce and bought hammermills and have provided employment to some of the people in the community.
He is also part of a savings group, another World Vision initiative, which he says has helped him save and borrow money with ease and boost his business.
He has since bought another plot and constructed a shelter after the 2020/2021 farming season to put up more hammermills and expand his business this year.
Despite all this success, Masauso still faces some challenges that include a lack of machinery to make his work easier.
“I am grateful to World Vision for the lessons imparted to me. However, in my farming business, I have challenges. Among them are difficulties in finding a machine to shell groundnuts, soya beans and maize because those are the crops I grow,” he said.
The Empowered Worldview program helps clients see that they are full of the potential God has given them, and can change their lives and the lives of those around them by learning an empowered mindset.