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Collecting maize husks_credit oxfam

Nora Gavinara (with baby Aubrey on her back) and her sister Elena collecting the maize husks from their field.

“We all work together as a family, especially at harvest time. We received the drought-resistant maize seeds in 2002. We planted some the first year, some the next year, and we are still using them. It’s best to plant a combination of drought resistant and local maize. The local maize can survive pests better and the drought resistant can survive with little water. If you plant both you get the best of both worlds.”

“Knowing that we can afford to pay the school fees for all of our children has been the best thing the goats have given us. “

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