Costa and Tatenda's Story
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This is the story of how your donations helped this father and son in Zimbabwe…
Costa had always struggled to grow enough food to feed his son.
Every day Costa was faced with uncertainty and worry about what might happen to his little boy.
As a result, Costa and Tatenda’s lives have changed.
The new techniques substantially improved Costa’s crops. He is now growing enough food for himself and his son, and even has some surplus to sell.
He learnt that watermelons are a good drought tolerant crop and can even yield better in drought years. So last season, he planted watermelons.
Although last year’s drought left millions with failed harvests, Costa had the highest yield of watermelons in the community. Many other villagers came to buy the melons from him, and even the local Headman visited to see how he had survived the drought thanks to watermelons.
Through selling his crops, he has enough money to pay the bus fare to the medical centre, and without the constant worry of providing enough food for his son, he has started exploring new ways to improve Tatenda’s life.
This allowed him time to build the walking frame, which has allowed Tatenda to walk and play unaided.