Woman of Means


Confident Catherine parlayed four chickens into an agricultural empire in Zambia.

People used to see her walking in the village and think she was coming to beg. Now they beg her to come and visit them.

World Vision taught Catherine Syasulwe gardening techniques that help her to conserve water. That’s critical in times of drought like she’s facing now. She also learned about raising animals for income and started to build a flock from four chickens, a gift from World Vision.

As her flock grew, she used it to finance more – including ducks, goats and pigs. She and her mother, Mary, joined a savings group. That helps increase and diversify the money coming in.

Catherine says they have big dreams for their family. They want to install a pump to bring water from a nearby stream and to expand their farming land so they can grow more food for themselves and have more to sell.

“All this would have not been possible without the chickens,” says Catherine.

For chickens and all the good things that have come to her, Catherine gives thanks.

She says, “My faith has grown so much that I don’t even know the kind of dance that I can use for the Lord. Just to show my joy for what he has done for me through this support, right now I want to dance.”

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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