The vast majority of people living in the Guludo area rely on subsistence farming and fishing, leaving them extremely vulnerable to crop-raiding elephants, droughts, floods and diminishing fish stocks. With tremendous pressure on parents to find food for the family, many children must help in the farms instead of going to school.
Nema has helped another two groups of disadvantaged women to set up bakeries.
Two groups of women make soaps to sell locally.
With few income-generating options available, subsistence farming is a main survival strategy for people living in the Guludo area. In response, Nema runs a series of agricultural projects designed to improve farming techniques and incomes.
Nema provides training, start-up and marketing support to 4 farmers’ associations. An agricultural technican has been teaching the groups to grow, irrigate and harvest horticultural products such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, cabbage, carrots and onions. Not only will the sale of these normally unavailable vegetables provide the groups with a decent income, but they will also help to improve general nutrition in the area.