Pietrus’ Story

Overcoming the Burden of Hunger: Pietrus’ Story

In a poor rural community of South Africa’s Free State province, Pietrus Moshoeshoe was struggling desperately. He had taken over his family farming cooperative group after his father passed away, making him responsible for 66 extended family members, 47 of them children. Although Pietrus was learning from his father, he did not possess the same technical knowledge or training in agriculture, and sometimes the group would go up to three days without eating.

Taking control of his future, Pietrus decided to enroll in the agriculture and business training delivered through INMED’s Adaptive Agriculture Program. After finishing the program, Peitrus and the group were able to cultivate their land productively, achieve greater harvests, generate both food and income and send their children to school.

Before the program, the family made $8-$32 per month from the sales of their meager crops, depending on the season. They now earn an average of $185 monthly year-round—enough to create a profound impact on their livelihoods.

“We were suffering a lot… INMED has changed our lives… I see a lot of success in our project and we are going to generate much more profit.”

INMED’s impact on Pietrus’s family goes beyond just improving their harvest. Pietrus learned budgeting for family needs, maintenance of the farm, and eventual expansion of his growing enterprise. Pietrus is also actively involved in courses through the local extension service, showing great initiative in increasing his agricultural and business knowledge and strengthening his income generation prospects.

As Pietrus attests, “[INMED] really uplifted us. We were suffering a lot… we were not open-minded, we did not know about record keeping, we did not know about saving. INMED has changed our lives a lot because we now know how to keep the records of our project, and we now know how to save our money at the bank. We have also registered our business. I see a lot of success in our project and we are going to generate much more profit.”

The group has recently been nominated for an award for “most improved” small-scale farmers in the province by the Provincial Department of Agriculture. They are now so productive that they have hired a member from the community for the first time to help on the farm.

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