When I first arrived here I found another family in a similar situation. A family of five living in a rented six foot by six foot mud room. One small, twin bed. Two twin mattresses. They even had chickens sleeping in that same room because they had nowhere else to keep them. The father had been killed as a soldier and the mother – another hard working woman – along with an elderly grandmother were left to work a small piece of land which they rented to grow food. Along with gardening, the mother earned around $10 a month doing casual labor at a nearby secondary school. Ten dollars per month for the entire family of five.
We were able to secure funding ($500) to buy them a plot of land and construct them a modest house. Now they’re getting out of the poverty trap of just trying to survive and soon they’ll be able to make a living off their land. They’ve been given a chance. And that’s all anyone can ask for.