In April 2012, we made the first investments into a farming initiative created specifically for the widows of Malawi to grow potatoes, corn and beans. The goal? These small, independent farms would not only provide enough food for each widow’s family, but a surplus of food to benefit the VisionTrust project and a means for her to make a fair salary so she can meet her family’s needs and continue to reinvest her crops.
This happened for Hilda, one of the widows who reinvested the proceeds from the initial crop planted in April. She has had many hard times in her life, but now, after beginning her corn farm, she is able to provide basic things like food and soap for her family. She attributes the changes in her life to God’s grace and the support provided to her, saying, “God has changed my story. I can have peace.”
We hope that 10 more widows will join the program this year, and pray they will experience the same hope that Hilda and her family has. For each widow who joins the farming program, it costs $515/year, or $43/month. This investment will yield a payback of $3,600 over the next five years for each woman. If you’re interested in supporting these women and helping the initiative continue please visit our website.