Helen has been in One Horizon’s grandmas farming program for a little over two years.
In describing her past she talks about a life of hardship and grinding poverty.
She speaks of her parents who were born into poverty and the challanges and obstacles that they faced throughout life, which at times nearly broke them completely.
Helen and her family were constantly hungry and without work.
By Helen’s own admission, when she came into the orbit of One Horizon she was suffering from years of anxiety and depression.
And in her search for water, she came across a One Horizon facility by pure chance.
With grandchcildren in her charge, she had trouble feeding them a regular meal and, for them, school was out of the question.
But two years later, things have changed incredibly for Helen. At a time when many grandmas bask in retirement, Helen is embaking on a career in pig farming.
Helen held firm with One Horizon as we worked together to establish her breeding stock and in the last month, it has started to pay handsome dividends.
The end result is that the family never go humgry, she has a business for the future, her grandkids are in school and she even has a new kitchen!
That’s right, for the first time in her life, Helen has an indoor kitchen with running water and biogas fueled by her pigs.
Helen will be leaving the program soon, she no longer needs One Horizon. And that will be one of our saddest yet happiest days because we know she’ll be ok now.
Helen will however remain a close member of the One Horizon family as becomes a mentor for another grandma who will take her place in our farming program.
For Helen’s family, the generational cycle of disadvantage has finally been broken and her smile tells it all.
Helen, farewell and good luck.