UMCOR began working with Salamatu Mustafa and her women's group in 2003 when they participated in UMCOR's Sustainable Agriculture and Development (SA&D) program in Sierra Leone. The women's group was first organized because an NGO came to them, saying they were looking for a women's group. They came, gave some seeds and tools and then left without any follow-up.
The fledgling women's group was hungry for more and learned how they could put those seeds and tools to good use through the training they received from UMCOR. The 18-week Integrated Crop and Pest Management (ICPM) training offered by UMCOR taught them how to grow vegetables for additional income and incorporate new techniques on their cassava farms.
UMCOR later supported them with a cassava grinding mill, which they have put into use since then and has come together to upkeep and maintain that machine until now. They generate additional income from the cassava mill for the members of the women's group. The women use the additional income to purchase needed bags of rice, household items, pay for their children's school fees, and also purchase clothing and shoes and personal items which they were not able to do before.
Salamatu says, "You [UMCOR] have done so much for me. I have confidence in myself so much."
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Photo: Kisaka Mutombo harvests moringa leaves from a tree in her yard in Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Moringa (moringa oleifera) is an exceptionally nutritious tree with a variety of uses. It has the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare. In the Congo, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) promotes the cultivation and use of moringa. Mutombo is one of the program beneficiaries.
Photo Credit: Paul Jeffrey