Ireen and the five farmer groups she leads in Malawi
Women THRIVE Farmers in Malawi
In Ireen Madzumbi's community, Thrive taught farmers new ways to farm. Ireen learned she could grow crops all year long by using water from ponds on her property. She learned that vegetables, like beans and potatoes, could be planted together at the same time. Ireen had been using poor quality seeds and fertilizer so she got a small loan from VisionFund, World Vision’s microfinance arm, to purchase better inputs. She was trained in soil and water conservation through a technique called Farming God’s Way, covering her corn with grass and leaves, keeping the soil cooler and moister.
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