Dawira sits with his son as he tells of his dreams and achievements from farming in Malawi

Dreams and achievements

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It is time to share Dawira’s story. Alongside his fellow farmers you met a few weeks ago, Dawira is farming improved sweet potato vines to earn an income and provide for his family.

Last year was the first time he was a multiplication farmer. He said, “I have land in a fertile area and wanted to maximise it to earn money to support my family. After growing and harvesting the vines, I was able to do lots of things with the money I earnt.”

Living in such a remote area with limited transport, he bought a bicycle. He also bought two pressure sprayers, two sacks of fertiliser and three blankets.

He continued, “I was able to pay for my son and daughter to attend secondary school but we live far so they stay away from home. We have to pay rent, food, transportation and anything else they need.”

Dawira explained that he there wasn’t any space in the school boarding house so he worries about his daughter. He said, “Next year I will earn more money so I can transfer my daughter to a better school where she can safely live at the school. I want to buy a motorcycle so I can visit my children too. The motorcycle will provide my community with affordable transport especially for those that are sick and need to get to a hospital.”

Dawira’s ambition is incredible and seeing his face light up as he talks about how he is helping his children and his community is heartwarming. As his youngest child sits with him and other farmers listen to his plans, it is clear that everyone is proud of him.

The latest vines have been harvested so it won’t be long until Dawira can turn some of these dreams into reality. By donating to our improved sweet potato project, you can play a part in Dawira’s future.

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