How Timothy and Mirriam are building a better future
Timothy and Mirriam live in a hamlet in Bougainville. Cocoa farming has been in Timothy’s family for a long time, but things have changed since the PPAP began.
Before, Timothy had trouble selling his cocoa to buyers because of poor quality. With the skills that he has learned through the PPAP, the quality of his cocoa has greatly improved. This means that more cocoa sells at the market, and Timothy and his family have higher incomes to support their children.
Timothy has also gained important relationships with cocoa buyers, who provide him with ongoing advice.
“The help from the project helps not just us but others nearby, and you can see great change happening in the community,” says Timothy.
So far, Timothy and Mirriam have used the money from their improved crops to send their children to school and buy them new clothes. The family has also begun building new houses for themselves. So far, three of Timothy’s brothers and their families have moved into their new homes and together they plan to build two more, plus another for their mother.