Afonsos Has a Lot to Share!

CWS Timor-Leste | December 27, 2018

Afonso Riberio dos Santos (left) selling some of his vegetables to a customer. Photo: CWS

Alfonso Riberio dos Santos is 35 and his wife Filomena Dos Santos da Cruz is 32; they have two young children, ages two and four and they live in Maumeta village. Many families in this village are poor subsistence farmers. Afonsos and his family were prioritized in their community to join Timor Zero Hunger activities both because they are quite poor; and because they have two children under the age of five whose health and wellbeing are a priority in the zero hunger initiative.

Now Alfonso and Filomena are raising chickens and tending their vegetable garden in a better way than in the past. “I joined an ag training in August and now I know how to grow vegetables in a more modern way because CWS team members and District Agriculture Service staff supported us to learn. They accompanied us along the way, for example during the seed selection process and the planting. After the training we received seeds from CWS, and I’m very happy because they are good quality seeds. Now, we eat some of the vegetables we grow and sell others; from the money we make we can buy more seeds. I now earn between $5 and $10 when I sell my vegetables several times each month. Sometimes traders come from Liquiçá town to buy vegetables directly from us here in the village; and sometimes they buy up to $30 worth of vegetables! Some of our profits we use to buy rice and other necessities for the family.”

In closing his chat with CWS staff, Alfonsos said simply, “I thank CWS and the District Agriculture Service for their support to our village”. In turn, CWS team members are grateful to the many CROP Hunger Walk donors and other friends who make our continuing efforts to end hunger possible.

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