I am Abuk Mangok Kon, 29 year old a mother with a family size of 10 members a group member of Mother to Mother support group in Marol Deng Geng.
My sincere thanks goes to SPEDP and Christian Aid for bringing this program supporting Mother to Mothers groups (women) in the community to address the issue of Malnutrition and training us on the demonstration garden, which have changed my lifestyle. When I started participating in the group I learned a lot of knowledge and skills and be able to apply at my home to get food for my children. I was depending on my husband but because of the support and knowledge from this training, I managed to make my small kitchen garden of vegetables, Sukuma, tomatoes and cow peas and am selling here what I got as a result of learning from the group and I planted the vegetable seeds that were distributed by SPEDP near my home. And at least every day, I make some money. First time I sold and got 200 SSP. Second time I earned 150 SSP and today I have already sold 180 SSP and by the end of the day, I will get more than 200 SSP from the Sukuma and tomatoes. The paste am selling in our village market here, am holding 5 leaf lets at a cost of 60 SSP.
Now am able to save money on our VSLA meeting saving days from the Sukuma sales. I’m able to change my diet at home. If this support continues, I will not register as a case of Malnutrition. The money also helps me buy soap, meat and other basic needs at home.
My message to the Community especially women/men is to work hard such that we produce food for our families not waiting for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to give food.