UNDP Partners with the community in Mwanjawantu - Nothing is impossible: Mr. Rabson Tembo’s Story
Mr Tembo, who is a physically challenged person, is 23 years of age and lives in Mwanjawantu in a village known as Kazindilo, 5 kms from Mwanjawantu. He is a member of a youth club under Boarder Farmers Cooperative and is one of the beneficiaries who received a 10 kg bag of maize seed, 2x 50 kg bags of fertilizer (one basal and one top dressing) from the Accelerated Localized Attainment of MDGs Project and also received some farming inputs from Boarder Farmers Cooperative.
Out of the farming inputs he received from both the project and the club he belongs to, he harvested a total of seventy-five (75) bags of 50kg maize. He then sold seventy (70) bags of 50kgs to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). He returned K65,000 equivalent to one bag of 50kg maize sold at FRA market price to Boarder Farmers Cooperative as a gyrate so that other people can equally benefit from the good course.
“I used to rent a shop where I sold groceries but since the owner reposed it, I have had nowhere else to sell from. However, I can joyfully say, from the money I got after selling my maize, I am building my own shop and a house in Mwanjawantu..” where he will move to as soon as it is complete, Said Mr. Tembo. Repose
At the time the team visited Mr. Rabson Tembo, the shop/house was indeed at roof level and he hopes to complete it within a month’s time. He further told the team that previously, he lived in small grass thatched house but he is now building a better house with burnt bricks. Additionally, he bought two (02) oxen which he will be able to use in the next farming seasons and he will be able to rent the oxen to other farmers as an income generating facet for himself. It is, certainly, a great triumph for Mr. Rabson Tembo and a means for livelihood sustainability.
Mr. Rabsom Tembo expressed his indebtedness to the project for life’s improvement and food security after such a short period of time. He hoped in this farming season he could further be assisted with at least eight (08) bags of fertilizer because despite his physical challenge, he would do more in farming and be able to adequately take care of his family who were so dependent on him. He urged the project to continue assisting poor people as well as the physically challenges.
From Mr. Rabson Tembo’s account, one can tell that despite physical challenges, someone can still have the potential to improve his livelihood and stay away from begging as is the case with many people with disabilities. Assistance to such people is indeed a wise thing to do. The main lesson is that, being physically challenged does not make anyone less human. “Sometimes the only thing we do to avoid success is to refuse to be energetic on our own behalf” – Barbara Sher.