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Nongejile from Mpakama Village in Quinana South, South AfricaNongejile Matomane from Mpakama Village in Quinana South has what many women don't have "land", where she can produce to feed her family and create a source of income.

Humana People to People in South Africa's Farmers' Clubs project has been working with Nongejile and 399 other farmers, mainly women. The project has organized the farmers into 16 clubs of 25 farmers each. The farmers learn from each other about farming and are empowered through technical support by Project Leaders who manage the project.

"I have learnt a lot through my experience as a participant of Humana People to People's Farmers' Clubs Program. The intervention has added to my knowledge and experience particularly in the area of conservation farming. Techniques such as potholing and intercropping have helped me increase my yield and I am now using them when I plant crops such as maize and pumpkin. I am happy with my production, especially pumpkin; I have already sold some pumpkins because they are many and are big."

Nongejile lives with her family in Mbashe Local Municipality and has never shied away from her love for farming and what it can be able to benefit her family and community.

"I like farming because it provides me with an opportunity to sustain my family and earn an income. My family has always been interested in farming. We have a 0.2 hectare piece of land on which I grow maize, sugar beans and pumpkin. We have another piece of land we were given by the Chief where we mostly grow maize."

Many farmers in Quinani South are women who depend on their production to provide for their families. It is a source of food and also economy and Nongilile would like to use this resource to benefit her more in the future as well as her children.

"I would like to use conservative methods on my land to preserve it so that it can be productive for longer. Then I will be able to pass it on to my children."

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