Transform a Village in South Sudan

by World Concern
Veronica Ajok is proud of her crops.
Veronica Ajok is proud of her crops.

October 23, 2012

In spite of ongoing unrest and struggles in the under-developed country of South Sudan, your contributions are making a big difference in the village of Lietnhom for people like Veronica Ajok.

Veronica, the mother of six children, struggled to feed her family in drought conditions. “We rely on rain, and when there is no rain, we don’t have food,” she said. World Concern gave Veronica agricultural training and seeds. “I planted ground nuts and sorghum,” Veronica said. “I will sell the surplus after the harvest.” She hopes to get an ox plow and earn enough money for her children to get an education.

Akot Ajoik is a farmer and teacher with four children. “I try to improve my condition through cultivation,” he says. World Concern helped Akot increase his crop yields with an ox plow and money for hired help. “World Concern has helped me a lot. I was having a problem cultivating my crop. World Concern donated money to me, and I am able to hire people for weeding. The future of this area is improving. With World Concern’s help, we will be able to cultivate more.”

With your support, we’re also providing microloans to help build businesses in this impoverished village.

Peter Madut is the manager of a pharmacy where he has worked for two years. “We started small, and now we are able to expand and build a new pharmacy,” Peter said.  “World Concern loaned us money and allowed us to start this business. It is very good now, and we get something to eat. Now there is something to support our families, and we don’t have challenges like before. World Concern really helped us. Thank you for the support.”

Akot Ajoik cares for his students and his farm.
Akot Ajoik cares for his students and his farm.
Peter Madut grew his business with a microloan.
Peter Madut grew his business with a microloan.


Manut is growing bigger, better crops.
Manut is growing bigger, better crops.

Your support is helping transform lives in Lietnhom, South Sudan already!  We’ve just completed a seed distribution in the area, providing high-yield, drought-resistant seeds to farmers.

We’re also helping them grow better crops with irrigation tools, like treadle pumps. A treadle pump is similar to a stair-stepper machine. It uses human energy to lift water from an underground source to water crops. Such an innovative tool!

Manut Magol lives in Lietnhom and received a treadle pump. Although he’s been farming since childhood, Manut was struggling to grow vegetables with the few skills he’d learned from his mother. He watered his crops by carrying water in a hollowed-out gourd.

“This was only possible on a small scale,” said Manut. Can you imagine trying to water a field by hand-carrying water in a gourd?

“The beginning of the year came with surprises as World Concern provided me with a treadle pump,” he said. “This has helped me produce a variety of vegetables on a bigger scale.”

Manut is growing cabbage, kale, herbs and more. Other farmers are excited to learn from him when they see the progress he’s made with his farm.

Your support means families like Manut’s are not only eating healthier, more nutritious food, but they are earning income from their farms as well. And in turn, the local economy benefits from this improvement.

Speaking of economic development, we’ve also helped start a fishing association, made up of more than 100 local fishermen. With World Concern’s assistance, these fishermen are learning sustainable fishing practices; including abstaining from fishing during breeding seasons and using the proper size nets to prevent catching fish that are too small. We’ve provided fishnet twine and training for them to manufacture the proper size nets.

All of this means larger harvests, more food, and better income during the fishing season.

Thank you for partnering with us as we bring lasting, sustainable change to the village of Lietnhom. The people here have suffered from hunger, poor health and extreme poverty for many years. With your support, they’re seeing hope for a better future and transformed lives.


River boats help businesses reach villages.
River boats help businesses reach villages.

Thank you for stepping up and answering the call to help the people of Lietnhom who are suffering in the wake of war and living in extreme poverty.

With almost no infrastructure in this region, helping people earn income to feed their families is a vital step in improving their lives. Together, we’re providing these opportunities, as well as teaching people to save some of their earnings for things like school fees through village banking and savings groups.

One of those we’ve helped with a small business loan is Bol Mayom. When we met Bol, he was selling salt under a tree in Lietnhom. As you can imagine, this didn’t provide nearly enough income to survive. With the support of World Concern, Bol now sells a variety of products he gets from Wau, the nearest town. He’s even earning enough to employ a young man who is also benefitting from the business.

“When I got the loan and business training, I realized I have the opportunity to expand my business by purchasing more products, thereby increasing the number of my customers,” said Bol, who proudly displays his products in the shop he constructed.

The rainy season often brings flooding rivers and cuts off access to other villages. It’s also the inspiration behind a flourishing business in Lietnhom—the River Jur Cooperative Society. The only co-op of its kind in the area, the group of entrepreneurs provides transportation by motor boat to help farmers transport tools and equipment and enable fishermen to catch fish to sell in the market.

Recently, they expanded their business to help deliver food to these inaccessible communities—providing a vital service to people in need.

“This is a busy time for me as many passengers and products are being transported to and from these communities,” said Anei Manut, a boat operator for the cooperative. “We charge people fairly just to cover fuel and to earn a little profit so many people can afford this asset to the community.”

Through training and education, you’re helping provide opportunities like this for people in Lietnhom, and in doing so, bringing hope for a better future. We'll be posting regular updates on how you’re helping transform lives in this village, so stay tuned.



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