What More Could A Parent Ask For?
Written by Plant With Purpose on April 19, 2013 in General
On the slopes of the Pare Mountains in Tanzania is the village of Malindi, which despite the physical beauty is one of the poorest regions in the country. Mary and Greyson Msafiri are parents to three children between the ages of 6-19 years old.
Prior to their involvement with Plant With Purpose, the Msafiri were not able to pay their oldest son’s school fees or provide three meals a day for their family. Every time they saw the headmaster, the Msafiris would give him whatever cash they had on hand but it never added up to the full tuition. Worried that their son would not be able to finish his education, something had to change.
Mary joined one of Plant With Purpose’s Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA). She started meeting consistently with this group and made the sacrifices necessary to save the weekly amount. It was really difficult at first but Plant With Purpose helped the group members figure out how to make this savings possibly. Mary learned about entrepreneurship, growing backyard organic gardens, and better management of banana crops.
Mary took the risk. She borrowed a loan from her VSLA to buy grains in bulk and then repackage them in smaller sizes to sell in her mountaintop village. The business paid off! They’ve also seen household costs reduced because much of the food her family eats is now grown in their backyard garden.
With excitement Mary expressed that now her family never needs to choose between tuition or lunch. And the headmaster shared that the Msafiris paid the school tuition in one lump sum and that families who are involved with Plant With Purpose are much better at paying tuition.
The Msafiris’ son is in school and food is on the table. What more could a parent ask for!
Tomorrow we’ll share about the environmental efforts that Mary is making in her community.