A Half-Acre for Nine

29Oct

A Half-Acre for Nine

Widowed and then abandoned by several partners, Gloria Joseph is a single mother with eight children. She has long known the pain of poverty, hunger and despair. Gloria farms a half-acre plot and does whatever she can to survive in her remote home village in Malawi.

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17Aug

A Desperate Reboot

Last February many of our friends in Malawi lost their maize (corn) crops and homes when a cyclone caused devastating floods—the worst in the recorded history of this East African nation. Working together with Jeff Trotter, my good friend and coworker who directs the Disaster Relief Fund, Heaven's Family sent emergency supplies to meet their pressing needs.

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06Feb

Greener on THIS side of the fence

Here is a progress report on a new Farming God's Way (FGW) project near Mutare, Zimbabwe in which 19 poor subsistence farmers are participating. They received FGW training in October and planted their maize (corn) fields using their new knowledge and skills.

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01Jun

Miracle Maize Multiplication

You don't need a master's degree in mathematics to figure out that the maize of some farmers is multiplying in Malawi. Some fields that previously yielded 7 sacks of maize (what we refer to as corn) are now yielding 70 sacks—a ten-fold increase!

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01Dec

Patrick Builds His Future

"I'm sorry, Patrick, but I can't employ you any longer." To a young carpenter's apprentice living with his wife and three children in a dilapidated shack in one of Nairobi's congested slums, those words fell like a boulder on his heart. Patrick's boss explained that he had no choice. Thieves had broken into his business, stealing all his tools and lumber, as well as his entire inventory of windows, doors and furniture. Unwittingly, they also stole Patrick's job, which was providing just barely enough to feed his family and pay the rent on their little shack.

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01Jun

The Christine Machine

On a busy street corner in the center of Kitale, Kenya, I met Christine Lukanda, wife, mother of two teens, and owner of a colorful fruit stand. Her tables hold small mountains of mangoes, bananas, oranges, lemons and other locally grown fruits and veggies.

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01Mar

Duncan Digs Donkey Kong

Duncan Owino had a new wife and no job—hardly a good way to begin a marriage. In Nakuru, Kenya, however, where Duncan lives, such a plight is not uncommon. Poverty and unemployment are endemic there, but neither prevent young men and women from marrying.

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01Oct

Bootlegger to Believer

"If I kill myself, my grief will be over...but what will happen to my six children?" After the death of Jane Ocheng's husband, an emotional battle raged within her. The family's sole breadwinner was gone, snatched from life by an unknown illness. Survival as a widow with six children in rural Kenya was a bleak prospect.

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