World Vision team
Planting the seed for others LIVELIHOODS
Many families in Laos rely on subsistence farming, and hunting and collecting forest products to eat and sell, like wild roots and bamboo. Ms Phone learnt new gardening techniques instead of searching through the forest.
A mother of six, she attended training, organised by World Vision and the District government, where she learnt how to plant her seeds with raised garden beds to retain water, and how to use bio-pesticide and bio-fertiliser from local sources.
Now her crops of corn, cucumber, green leafy vegetables, string beans and onions are flourishing. Her children are eating a more balanced diet.
Ms Phone is now a model farmer, training other households what she has learnt. Model farmers are vital to ensuring sustainable development in their own communities by stimulating behaviour change and providing ongoing mentorship.
Today, program staff hope to help other farmers in the same way as Ms Phone.