DIG Batwa Farmers: Katamas and Hope

This Batwa family used to beg for dregs, feeding their 5 children the leftover sorghum from a locally produced drink only once per day. When the couple joined the DIG program, they were skeptical of the outcome as many NGO’s had come to their village for projects that were short-term.

Meet the Katamas

The Katamas donated the little land they had for the demonstration plot. When they witnessed the benefits the program brought, the couple reclaimed their land and are now growing spinach, cabbage, beetroots, onions, and carrots. “We are now feeding our children two well balanced meals per day and we’ve noticed a big change in their appearance and energy.” Having farmers witness the health and economic value of food production has caused the farmers to take complete ownership of the project. 

Meet Hope

When DIG launched in November, Hope immediately joined the group. Her husband had just been imprisoned for an undetermined amount after selling illegally harvested forest products. Having four mouths to feed at home and only a single parent, Hope knew she had to do something to keep her family going. Hope is now the chairwomen of her group and leads them in managing the gardens throughout the week. Hope maintains the demonstration and tracks attendance. “Many people come to my home and ask me about different techniques. I never thought I’d be an agriculture teacher within my community.” We’re excited to continuously build the capacity of leaders like Hope. The group received a donation of irish potato seeds from the local church who were impressed with their dedication.