Ten years ago, 158 farmers, men and women, from Chigonele Village Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi started a scheme, which they named Chiwole. The scheme did not promise much but the members had hope.
“We started in 2008 after government’s extension workers orientated us on the benefits of having a scheme. We started off and mainly we were planting maize and the profits were not that attractive which made some members to fall off and only 60 remained by 2014,” narrates Simon John the chairman of the scheme.