Ejang Grace is a mother and a member of Ayabi Women’s Farmers Cooperative Society Limited found in Apac District. She is a small-scale farmer, and has spent six years engaging in Field of Hope’s Women’s Program.
Before joining the group, Grace said she “was facing many problems like hunger, bad agronomic practices (broadcasting seeds in the field), sickness, lack of money to pay school fees for my children and lack of access to finance to venture into business and buy agricultural inputs.”
After joining the group started by Field of Hope, “I got different trainings on village savings and loans association, financial literacy, good agronomic practices (row planting, planting improved seed varieties, post-harvest handling) and our livelihoods have been improved through increased agricultural productivity and businesses involved with the loans got from the group”. The grant permitted to her VSLA’s group by Field of Hope allowed her to receive a loan from the group. As a result, she bought two bulls for farming and has also built a commercial house up to the ring beam at the trading center. “Field of Hope and the loans from my saving group [helped] me to pay school fees for my daughter at the nursing school,” she said.
Her future plans and goals are to buy another two bulls for farming as well as roof her commercial house in 2022. She concluded by thanking Field of Hope’s intervention in her group. “I thank Field of Hope for building my capacity through different trainings in sustainable agronomic practices, off-farm businesses, access to finance and my message to them is to continue empowering us with other trainings, and visiting us always. May the almighty God bless Field of Hope abundantly.”
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