15 February 2018, Jomba, Rwanda - Marie, right, wearing colorful blouse and short hair, a farmer and business woman trained by FAO, is a middle-aged woman, married with three children. The family owns a small plot where their house stands on, as well as an animal shelter. On the slope down from the house Marie grows vegetables and avocado's for which she received the seeds and seedlings from the TCP. She still has 2 of the 3 goats she received from the MPG. She has also borrowed a cow from a neighbour which she cares for in exchange of using the manure for her crops. She also keeps several chickens which rummage around the house. She was able to recently obtain a loan through SACCO of Rwf 50,000 with which she bought a sewing machine, which she keeps at her house. In a short amount of time she was already able to repay the loan of Rwf 50,000. With the loan she will get from the Saving and Loan Scheme of the TCP she hopes to rent a small space in the centre of the village to put her sewing machine and grow her business in tailoring. She also intends to increase her crop production and sell some of the produce.
Sanne Holtslag is the FAO representative, left on the picture, blond hair.