|Teni says that the change in her life since she started working with Self Help Africa’s partner so immense that it would take all day to describe it.|
Teni lives in Matigou in Northern Togo with her husband and three children. They used to not have enough money to buy grains to sustain them through the ‘hungry season’ or for other essentials such as clothing, medicine and school fees.
However since 2005 Teni has learnt new skills from Self Help Africa’s partner which has enabled her to improve her situation. As part of the community women’s group she has learnt how to make improved efficient mud stoves which don’t waste fuel. She told us that she used to spend one month per year collecting wood, but with the new mud stoves the time needed has been cut to just one week per year!
Teni has also learnt how to process soya bean into nutritious meals for her family such as soya milk, cous-cous and soya bean cakes. She now harvests enough soya to feed her family, and also enough left over to sell.
The most important change for her is that the health of her children has noticeably improved- now each time the children are weighed, their weight goes up instead of down.