- Somali Land
Nimco Faisal Ahmed carries a heavy responsibility. Though only in her mid 20s, she is the sole bread-winner for her 13 brothers and sisters and their two old parents.
Like most families in their village in Somaliland, they’re agropastoralists. Their livelihood depends on their crops and livestock. Nimco’s family owns a small plot of land, but none of them ever had been trained on the proper use of agricultural chemicals or modern techniques. This led to poor yields, leaving little for the family to sell.
Nimco was among 12 women to receive training from Candlelight, an Oxfam partner. “I was enrolled in the cash crop production beneficiaries where I learnt modern farming methods including proper spacing, irrigation, improved varieties of seeds, and the proper use of fertilizers and pesticides. To practice diversified farming, now I also allocated one plot of land to cultivate watermelon in the coming production season.”
Nimco is amazed at how the training have helped her increase her family’s revenue. “My lifestyle has completely changed.”
Photo: Amal Nagib / Oxfam
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