Many of you know the incredible story of how JAM started in 1984 when Peter Pretorius, JAM founder, was left stranded in Mozambique in the midst of a famine where he helplessly watched children dying of starvation daily. We think it is fitting that this incredible success story is based in Mozambique.
Inácio Thumbo spent 11 years struggling to make ends meet in South Africa, but upon returning home to the Vilankulo district in Mozambique in 2014 to visit his family, he happened to visit his brother who was benefiting from JAM’s agricultural support programme. Inácio was astounded at the incredible success his brother was having on just a small piece of land and realised that returning to South Africa to continue struggling was not an option.
Inácio, like many other smallholder farmers, joined the JAM agricultural support programme and rapidly saw results. A few months later, he returned to South Africa to purchase a diesel water pump for irrigation.
Since starting his vegetable farm on two hectares of land, Inácio has applied the learning from the JAM smallholder farmers agricultural support programme and has steadily grown to sixteen hectares, then to 21 hectares and now 25 hectares!
Inácio’s farm yields crops year round and he now permanently employs ten workers. He has also been able to purchase a vehicle, more farming equipment and makes an annual profit of $7500. He is currently considered as one of the few respected upcoming young farmers of the region by the Vilankulo district government.
Hunger and poverty are no longer problems for Inácio and his family and the future is very bright for him, his children and for the people he employs whose families have a stable income. Peter would be incredibly proud of how JAM, working with people like YOU, is changing the landscape of Mozambique from starvation to plenty, through valuable, ongoing donor support.
A deep heartfelt thank you for all your support along the way.
Together we are changing the world.
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