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 up’. He noticed that those who have been in the camps still have an NGO mindset – awaiting handouts. He now has land for trees, which he can also use for timber. With 3 children, he’s now able to put them all into paying education.