A Village Health Worker & New Contract Farmers in the Village

Food and healthcare are two of the most serious issues in village life in Burundi.  Over 90% of the population are smallholders, farming little plots of land to produce their own food crops and a little also for sale.  As for medical facilities, they are often far away and/or too expensive.  Hence, many resort to traditional doctors, often with dire results.
 

The Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is supporting a Contract Farming project in a nearby village, which provides fresh produce to the Hotel while also supplementing farmer incomes – money that can be used for food, schooling, medicines, etc.

For information on the Hotel’s Contract Farming Project, see: https://dianabuja.wordpress.com/category/contract-farming/

 Next week we will be signing on four new women for the project, including Esperance – a medical worker who runs the only health clinic in the village:

Esperance in her health clinic compound, village kids saying 'hello!

 Some of the new land for the contract farming.
(cassava pieces are being dried in the front)

The women are each receiving a little plot in the property of a villager who has donated some of his unused lands for use by the contract farming project (above picture), and where the project is already growing tomatoes, spinach, melons, and several other crops.

Rose and her baby - one of the new members of the Contract Farming project.

Esperance, too, will be farming a plot – she is a widow with four children who, until her husband died a few years ago, was employed as a health worker for the NGO ‘Doctors Without Borders’.  After the death of her husband she could no longer travel and so decided to open a little health clinic in the village, where there are no other health resources available.

Esperance working in the clinic

 Medical supplies are expensive and a few months ago I donated several boxes 
of medicines and medical equipment that were left over from a project 
in which I consulted recently.

The poverty is such that often her clients cannot pay for her services – or sometimes can only pay in-kind: from their own crops, for example. The women in the contract farming project all have young children and so money earned from the crops that they grow for the Hotel will help address their many needs. 

For Esperance, too, it will provide funds both to help keep her clinic working, and to feed and cloth her children.

 

 Work in the contract farming plots; Kenya spinach to the right
 
 
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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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