“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.   -Desmond Tutu

     All the farmers we partner with live in extreme poverty. That poverty is deeply entrenched and has plagued them for generations. They are left to fend for themselves without much help from the outside.

     We have established ourselves in their midst, have established long-term relationships based on mutual trust and respect, and have listened to them carefully over a long period of time. Among the highlights of our discussions are: (1) they want to remain independent agricultural producers; (2) they articulated quite clearly their needs and aspirations; (3) they want training and support; (4) they want to take a different direction and recognize they cannot go  it alone.  

     Their needs, aspirations and requests form the core of EWI’s Talia Farms Cooperatives Program (TFC) and the basis of our partnership.

     TFC will establish five regional agricultural cooperatives as engines to accelerate economic growth and improve farming families’ quality of life in the Lake Azuei region. When fully functional, the five cooperatives will have a total of 1,000 members, each representing a family of five individuals, therefore, the cooperatives will directly impact the lives of five thousands men, women and children.
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