The Anzo Women's Farm Group is a group of 35 small-scale farmers residing in the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement serving a community of several hundred people. Originally from the Nimule area in South Sudan, renewed fighting forced them from their homes 2016. Anzo means "thanks" in Mahdi and this group of women are incredibly excited to begin building their agro-business with Preserve International!
The group was introduced to us by our current partners, the Berean Women’s Group, and Betty met with them in November before she went on leave for her pregnancy. The group is really motivated and they have actually managed to lease some very fertile land outside of the refugee camp for farming. The only catch is that it’s about an 8km walk (almost 5 miles).
Currently the farm is inaccessible by vehicle as getting there requires crossing a stream with a rather steep slope on the bank side. This means that during harvest season the women and their community must carry the entire harvest 5 miles on their heads to get back to their homes and local market. Betty’s husband Paul is working with another boda driver to see if they can find a different way to get to the farm via car or bike to make transportation during harvest season easier.
Betty was introduced to the Anzo Women's Farm Group by the leader of our current partners, the Berean Women's Group.
Betty went with the gro...
Betty and Paul met with the group in Bidi Bidi to discuss the program timeline, sign the contract and understand their goals.
They have sche...