Time has been tough and even tougher with failed short rains of October - December 2011 and the sun extremely hot but amid one old man Mzee Sabur has raised hopes and challenged many his age and peers in the community. In the beginning, with no education he entirely depended on his livestock and when all were dead due to severe droughts his hands were tired until when he met HODI and team. It is from one of these meetings that he took up the challenge and uprooted some crops which he had planned earlier but could not pick due to drought and opted for tomatoes. In the beginning it was only 7 seeds he planted because that is all he could get his hands on and later added 25 more to make it 32 plants.
So many mocked him as he created his own local green house with torn cloths as top cover and tins as his drip irrigation. Some months down the line we visited him and the joy on his face could not be hidden and the hope of getting more seeds to expand his tomato plantation. The demand is so high that it is the buyers who wake him up in the morning before breakfast to pick the ripe ones for sale. As his plants increase in number so is the demand for water and this is a big challenge and some days his plants go without water. But despite all this challenges and obstacles he has been able to overcome hunger at his home and support his family financially.
As HODI we are challenged to replicate the same in other villages and households through purchase of seeds and water tanks for water storage and drip irrigation. With your support we will be able to have more examples of homes with basic food security.
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