VICTORIES IN THE GARDEN
Joyce Pameta and her husband never thought that a home garden could change their lives so much. “We keep learning,” Joyce says, “and we’ve never been happier.”
Benefits of a Long-Term, Quality Victory Garden: Charity Cosmos can now pay the school fees for her sons by selling okra and papaya from her victory garden. “My kids help me take care of the garden. They even enjoy cooking the vegetables!”
Chief Bito loves experimenting in his garden. In 2018, he grew acacia trees. Less than 10 months later, he tell us “ I sold 6 ox carts of wood worth nearly $60.
And I still have the trees!”
Atupele and her husband Mavuto, who live in a small village outside of Lilongwe, used to rely on getting food from their neighbors. But after starting their victory garden, they not only provided food for their growing family, they sold surplus vegetables, bought a bicycle, dug a well, and rented one acre of land to grow sweet potatoes. From potato cuttings from their garden, of course.
Rosebey Benga created her first Victory Garden in March 2018 right after the training from The Face-to-Face Project and is now able to feed her mother and two grandchildren with help from her garden! She managed to earn k4,000 ($5) from selling tomatoes, and used the money to buy a piece of fabric and floor mat to sleep on.
In addition to selling vegetables, Rosebey and her family are eating vegetables from the second generation of her Victory Garden. Rosebey reported that she and her family used to sleep on the floor and would often go to bed on empty stomachs. Rosebey has said she is “very thankful for the Victory Garden program because she is not struggling anymore.”
Emily Kayama, above wearing black, is one of 30 villagers who first learned about victory gardens in November 2017. Emily loved the idea of growing vegetables at no cost next to the home so much, that she asked to be a garden facilitator to help her fellow villagers.
Emily and 3 other team members have created a whopping 355 gardens in just 8 months, including helping Jessie and Shadreck Chindiwo, pictured here, create their garden. The couple now harvests over 10 vegetable varieties, giving the family good, nutritious food, and saving them from buying food at the market.
BEFORE: November 2017 - Alexious Tengani's newly planted garden
AFTER: January 2018 - That same garden just a few months later
BEFORE: November 2017 - Chrissy Kwezalambe's Victory Garden located in GVH Nyambalo
AFTER: January 2018 - Her new lush garden bringing smiles to the faces of the whole family
BEFORE: November 2017 - Medson Namaona's Victory Garden
AFTER: January 2018 - That same garden located in GVH Nyambalo
BEFORE: Chief Makulenje was one of the first people in his village outside of Lilongwe to learn about and start a home Victory Garden.
AFTER: 3 months later — Chief Makulenje is a chair garden facilitator in his tribal district, helping hundreds of other villagers create gardens.
BEFORE: November 18, 2016 — In Khombe village, this mother and child created their first Victory Garden.
Families Working Side by Side for a Brighter Future!
This father and daughter are proud to show off their growing Victory Garden in their village of Khombe. For the first time, villagers can grow enough food to eat, earn income, improve nutrition, live healthy lives, and take control of their own future.
Couples Working Side by Side for a Brighter Future!
The man in this photo took a one-day Victory Garden training workshop taught by one of our local facilitators. He was so excited about what he learned, that he shared the knowledge with his wife. Now, each of them have created a garden, side by side.
AFTER: February 21, 2017 — Just a few months later, this once barren plot of land is a lush and fruitful garden.
Siblings Working Side by Side for a Brighter Future!
3 sisters created their own Victory Garden after their parents, who created their own garden, were so excited about it that they taught their daughters how to create their own. Everyone is now learning about nutrition, gardening, soil, mulch, compost and most importantly, self-reliance.
Villages Working Side by Side for a Brighter Future!
9 Villager Workshops representing 8 tribal GVH districts and one youth group in the Chadika area are held on one day. 3 facilitators lead each of these 9 villager workshops.
By the end of the day, 225 new gardens were created.