Steadfast friends, Emelda and Margret, both know the struggles of living in Zambia. As a widow and mother of five children, Margret never thought she would
be able to send her children to school. Even though she never had a garden, in 2008 she used the microloan she received through our partner, Samfya
Community Care Providers, to plant one. With that $10 loan, she started her first garden and was able to feed her family and sell the excess, paying
back the loan in full within four months. She received an additional microloan that December and became a farmer, growing a large field of maize that
produced 25 bags in the first year. In 2013, she increased the yield to 33 bags.
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