Chabango Matola has realised his dream of opening a grocery shop. Married with four children, 59-year-old Chabango is a fisherman and the main earner in the family. Before our Fish for Tomorrow fish conservation project was introduced, Chabango admits that he used to catch fish in mosquito nets as he wasn’t earning very much money.
He said, “I always wanted to open a grocery store but I wasn’t earning enough money to support my family let alone open a shop. Then the introduction of the project came and I became one of the fish conservation committee members. By teaching more fishermen and other community members the importance of conserving fish and catching fish sustainably, we are all able to now catch bigger fish as we have let the baby ones grow and breed. I am so happy as this has meant being able to open my shop.”