We Met: Grace #TFBloggers

Grace highlighted that PEP had taught her that it’s important to stand up tall as an individual, and that you are the answer to all/most of the problems that you have. Her child had some charcoal to sell, worth less than 50c, and she thought she couldn’t do anything with such a small amount of money, but was able to harvest and dry some cassava. She wanted to turn this into bread but needed some Continue Reading →

We Met: Philip #TFBloggers

 Before PEP, Philip has a wide, children and land, but was digging other peoples land to earn month rather than his own. PEP challenged him to think about this and he started to develop his own land. Philip started by growing cassava and groundnuts – and as a result getting his children through school which is a very big change in lifestyle, especially as he is growing in his own “garden” not others. He has Continue Reading →

We Met: Jennifer #TFBloggers

When Jennifer came for PEP training, she was told that as a housewife she shouldn’t be sitting back and waiting for her husband to feed her, but should put self to work, making oil, etc in order to make money to contribute to the family. She “put the knowledge into action”, harvesting cassava, which once sold she decided to move into growing/selling tomatoes, also some fishing. She now has chickens in the home, and increasing Continue Reading →

We Met: Pastor Syrio #TFBloggers

Again, Pastor Syrio referred to the fact that PEP encourages you to work with what little you have, but to look at it in a more ‘resourceful light.  He had running water, but it was wasted – just running off. He decided to build a channel which directed the water to a store (for dry times – which this time is apparently a bit too dry – they are expecting rain very soon),  and also Continue Reading →

We Met: Philemon #TFBloggers

Philemon was another keen supporter of PEP, and demonstrated how it had helped them to see what they could do with the little that they already had. He started by growing some cassava, and when the last team visited the village, he has just managed to buy a plot of land. He’s now started building, and is sleeping in a (part-built) house on that land. As with many others, he used the term “PEP was Continue Reading →

We Met: John Julias #TFBloggers

John Julias is one of my favourite people to meet on this trip … incredibly welcoming and incredibly enthusiastic about PEP – having attended the first training session feeling that they were poor people, and that was how they were destined to remain – there was nothing they could do to break the cycle. PEP made him realise that he was already living in a fertile land, and that more could be done with agriculture Continue Reading →

We Met: Isaac #TFBloggers

On Saturday we visited our final village,  and the first story that we heard was from Issac. He talked about how he had used the knowledge given in the PEP training sessions to translate into action, and the progress we can see with him is easy to see. He started by growing and selling greens, and then moved onto oranges. When the previous team came to the village to see what he had done, they Continue Reading →

We Met: Martin #TFBloggers

Martin started his story at the age of 16, when he was an orphan, and was used to sell his labour out to quarry stones. He would help others on their land with Oxen, and then be able to use the Oxen on his own land in return. He got married as the PEP scheme started. He was wary of another scheme where names were collected, as these were often followed by requests to ‘pay Continue Reading →