It’s because of the generous support of Australians that women like Abaru can become confident business women, filled with hope for a fertile future.
Back in 2001, Abaru was a frightened single mother. Her husband had just passed away and Abaru had a baby daughter to support with no way of earning a living.
It was World Vision’s Integrated Horticulture and Livelihood Program for single mothers that helped Abaru. She was provided with simple resources, includuing seeds and basic tools, as well as some training in farming techniques.
Abaru set up a garden bursting with fresh herbs and vegies.
"First I received a sheep, then a dairy cow and then I was given cabbage, beetroot, tomato and onion seeds," she says, beaming. "The best thing I learned was how to cultivate apples, then I was given tools and taught how to weed and hoe my garden."
Today, Abaru and her daughter Deratu are positively blooming with health. "Next year I plan to grow an even bigger harvest," Abaru says.
This was from World Vision's SEE Solutions program. Supporting families to become self-sufficient is a crucial element of World Vision's development work, which you can support help improve the economic opportunities for women like Abaru in many countries all over the world.
This was originally published on the 16th of February 2010.