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How skills from farm school have changed fortunes of orphaned Nasamula

Nasamula in her kitchen. She uses bio gas which has eased cooking at her home . KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

Nasamula in her kitchen. She uses bio gas which has eased cooking at her home . KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

While God promises to hear prayers of all people, certain categories of people appear to have special access to Him (Psalm 34:17 and John 9:31) .

Orphans are really among the categories of people whose prayers God listens to most .

Ms Madrine Nasamula, who lost her mother at the age of Two and later her father at the age of Seven, is a vivid allegory to this reality after God heard her prayers and answered them through Kitovu Mobile, which enrolled her in its Farm School, where she attained skills on which her livelihood, love ,and health thrive.

A resident of Butale Village ,Kabonera Sub –County ,Masaka District, Nasamula was left under the care of her grandparents who could see only pay for her primary education and later dropped out of school.

After leaving school her future, she says looked bleak . She couldn’t tell what the future hold for her , but “God being a living God”, used Kitovu Mobile to uplift her.

“In 2002, I told my grandparents that since I had failed to join secondary school due to financial constraints, I should join the farm school and get skills in Agriculture,” She reminisces.

Nasamula in her flourishing banana plantation. With the skills acquired from Kitovu farm school,she accords good care to her banana plantation which enhances yields.

Nasamula in her flourishing banana plantation. With the skills acquired from Kitovu farm school,she accords good care to her banana plantation which enhances yields.

Good enough , her grandparents accepted.

Upon completion her training in commercial agriculture in 2004, Nasamula started to practice what she had learnt, but this saw her grandparents develop fears that she was likely to take their land.

However ,this didn’t dampen her high spirit , she says she proposed to her grandparents that she needed to get married to a man who has land where she could practice what she learnt, because she had to earn a living through agriculture.

And in 2007, she got a man who had land, but it was small to enable realize her dream. “I wanted to exploit the farm school skills’

But after witnessing how hardworking she was, the mother of four says her spouse bought three acres of land, where she planted coffee, and two other acres where she put a banana plantation.

With skills in farming, Nasamula says her gardens are ever flourishing which has even made the neighbours think she uses witchcraft ,which is not case .

“You just look at my garden and theirs, the difference is huge, but they think I go to witchdoctors to have such, but my shrine is the farm school I went to which taught me how to look after crops,” She boldly shares.

But Nasamula says some people go and borrow ideas about modern farming from her and she is willing to help as many as possible because she was also just got a favour from Kitovu Mobile.

Nasamula in her coffee plantation.

Nasamula in her coffee plantation.

Improved livelihood

She reveals that , she can fetch Shs 6m from her coffee plantation during a single season which she uses to pay fees for her four children.

Hardworking saw her husband buy a Friesian cow and a goat, “The goat has produced and I now have over 10 of them” She brags

From the vegetable gardens at the backyard, Nasamula earns close to Shs 40,000 every week which she uses petty cash at home.“Many people these days come direct and buy such vegetables from home, I don’t go looking for market ”

Love grounded at home

She says her love for the husband is growing because she is supportive and doesn’t let him shoulder the expenses alone. “He [husband] loves me because I cater for home needs as he looks for money to buy other necessities ,” Nasamula says.

Nasamula feeds her goats

Nasamula feeds her goats

Bio gas easing her life and in-laws

Due to unwavering commitment to agriculture ,Kitovu Mobile further helped Nasamula make bio gas from cow dug at her home, which has further simplified her life . “Often times I leave the garden when I am tired, and looking for firewood becomes difficult , but I just get matchbox and light the gas. Even when I get a visitor at night, I just do not need to worry”

She says she even prepares food for her in-laws who are close to her home using bio gas .“ I saved them from the burden of cooking and this excited my husband and it is making our love grow stronger by the day ,”

Improved health

“Kitovu Mobile has really got me far, they taught us about hygiene at home, and I have a family which is healthy”

She says she grows hibiscus and greens which enhance their immunity and her family members take long to fall sick.

She says her personal health has also improved because she is less exposed to smoke which usually emanates from kitchens which use firewood for cooking.

Nasamula at her nusery bed for vegetables. She earns close to Shs 40,000 weekly from selling vegetables.

Nasamula at her nusery bed for vegetables. She earns close to Shs 40,000 weekly from selling vegetables.

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