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Heavy clouds loom over the forest that borders 42-year-old Samuel Kosimasi’s farm in Malawi. Here on the border of Liwonde Forest Reserve, Kosimasi hums to himself and leans over a ridge of soil as he expertly inserts leafy vines.

Bertha January and her daughter, Zipora

Bertha January, a single mother, often struggled to provide her 13-month-old daughter, Zipora, with enough nutritious food to keep her healthy. Over time, Zipora became extremely underweight and lethargic, almost reaching a point where she was not strong enough to eat.

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Halima Robert experienced poverty firsthand. After losing her mother when she was 7, Robert and the rest of her family moved in with her widowed grandmother. Life in Machinga, a district in southern Malawi, was hard. A small plot of land located beside a mud-brick house rarely produced enough maize, pumpkins and soy to feed the family. Eggs from a few scrawny chickens did provide some income, but not enough.

Merifa Muvwera and daughter, Loveness, portioning nsima, Malawi’s staple food, after preparing the meal on their improved cookst

Merifa Muvwera’s caretaking responsibilities include her 3-year-old daughter, who was born with Down syndrome, and her 70-year-old mother-in-law, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Muvwera spends her days supervising, bathing, washing clothes, cleaning, cooking and cultivating food for her family.

Last updated: September 21, 2018

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