|Flood Mamas' Farm plots before they planted|
The mamas chose a leader among themselves and began to clear out a vacant common garbage lot. Each mama now has a small plot in which to farm and most of them do their farm work in the morning so that they can take their harvested vegetables to the market for the day.
|First mchicha crop|
|Mama Ali selling her first harvest|
Mama Ali now has a farm plot where she plants mostly mchicha, TZ spinach (amaranth) and a few other local vegetables. To date, with each weekly harvest, she is averaging about $22 per week. This might be a small some to some but in her world this amount of money brings incredible improvement to her life. Here is a short list of some of the things she can now afford:
- She is now able to rent a small but clean room for her young family -- $5 per month
- She can buy up to 10Kg of maize flour every week -- $6 per week
- She can buy salt --$1
- She now has a bit of money to save and use for the children
|Ugali and mchicha stew|
Maize, water and salt are the ingredients used to make ugali, the traditional TZ staple. Ugali usually served hot and works as a balanced side dish to a rich meat sauce but most people like Mama Ali can only afford to server the ugali alone. Many children live by eating only 1 or 2 small lumps of ugali per day.
|Flood Mama working in her plot|
Now, however, Mama Ali can afford to make ugali as a side to a more nutritious vegetable stew made with the products of her very own farm plot. With a bit of luck and hard work, Mama Ali and the Flood Mamas will be able to afford to make vegetable stew with beef broth and add needed proteins to their diets.