Catherine Syasulwe, Padrick’s mother, received agriculture training in 2006 and got four chickens through the World Vision Gift Catalog.
“I thought, a chicken--so what? Can they do anything?” Catherine says. “I didn’t realize the potential in those chickens.”
Four chickens quickly became 60, then 70 and more. She sold some of them to buy two ducks, and built up her flock to 45 ducks. Then she sold ducks to buy goats, and then pigs.
“The same four chickens have made me what I am today,” says the agricultural entrepreneur.
Before the chickens came, Catherine and her family faced hunger all the time. They would only have one meal a day.
Padrick “goes to school filled up, not hungry,” says Catherine. “Whatever he needs, we’re able to provide.”
Padrick, a World Vision sponsored child, was lucky to be born the same year the chickens arrived. “Those chickens actually came like God sending them directly to us,” Catherine says. “All this would have not been possible without the chickens.”
Catherine says of Padrick: “I want my child to have a bright future through education and to me with the wealth that God has blessed us with right now, I won’t allow my son to miss the opportunity to finish his education.”
He wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren