Asiyatu Kili is an old lady in Southern Malawi, west of Zomba District. She is one of the beneficiaries of a fish pond that was constructed using the Globalgiving donations with an idea of improving her economic level and food security. She was born in the 1930s but due to poverty in her family, she now supports a grand daughter aged about three years.
A 200 square meters pond was constructed and stocked with tilapia. Additionally, Asiyatu planted vegetables that she irrigates using water from the pond. With the integration, Asiyatu has not only improved the frequency of meals in a day but also nutritional quality of the meals with vegetables and fish. Asiyatu says that her health has improved tremendously since she started raising fish and growing vegetables. She also sells part of the harvest and has bought iron sheets to roof her dream house whose actual construction is to start soon.
The benefits of providing fish ponds are not only seen by Asiyatu. Village Headman Chiunda, acknowledges by thanking all donors to the Globalgiving fund that has enabled old people, often regarded as unproductive, to be engaged in productive lives thereby improving rural poverty.
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