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Malawi's people are largely smallholding farmers growing pigeon peas, a resilient easy-to-grow drought-resistant crop.However they have suffered from rapidly rising costs for seed,fertiliser and food staples, low crop yields and poor prices for their crops of peas.

Christian Aid has helped set up an Association to support the pea farmers by helping them to work collectively, giving them access to information,grants and business plans,building warehouses and processing plants,and helping them get a fair price for their crops in export markets.Ten thousand farmers, 70% of whom are women, have joined the Association.

Sadly Malawi was hit extensively by cyclone Freddy in March as a result of the global climate crisis. This led to flooding,crop destruction, devastation of homes and displacement of half a million people, a cholera outbreak and the prospect of famine.

With your help Christian Aid can help the farmers of Malawi rebuild their lives and fight poverty, disease and starvation.

How your money helps

Poverty pushed Aline to the brink. She was abused, homeless and hungry. But Aline pushed back harder. With Christian Aid funded small business training, she achieved what had seemed impossible, a vital income for her and her children.

Fundraising this Christian Aid Week will ensure more people in Burundi get the skills and knowledge they need to push back against the inhumanity of poverty.

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Aline Nibogora is pushing back against extreme poverty in Makamba Province, Burundi by raising the living conditions of her community with the support of Christian Aid. Credit: Ndacayisaba Epitace
Aline Nigobora stands in front of her home, She wears a pink top and green skirt and is looking in the camera with a neutral expression