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Jane's Beans: Grown With Hard Work and Foreign Assistance

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20110519_JaneSebbi_PHOTOS_1008FbThe hoe falls in a rhythmic “thud, thud, thud” as Jane Sabbi and her sister-in-law hack at the undergrowth on Sabbi’s shaded, fertile vegetable farm. The sun is still rising in Kamuli, Uganda, and Sabbi has already cooked breakfast, washed the dishes, cleaned the goat and pig pens, and laid out several pounds of beans to dry. Still ahead: pounding amaranth, harvesting bananas, shelling beans, feeding the animals, and cooking lunch for her husband and seven children.

“I want to work hard, get enough money to educate the children to the university level and attain degrees,” said Sabbi. “That’s my hope and desire in life.”

Jane learned to plant more nutritious crops after joining a Ugandan nonprofit farming collective that receives U.S. foreign assistance. Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen by 400 million since 2009. This is mostly the result of much hard work by poor people themselves, but U.S. foreign assistance has played an important role. Watch the video below to see how Jane Sabbi is working to create a brighter future for her family.

Photo caption: Jane Sabbi, a farmer in Uganda, learned to plant more nutritious crops like these beans after joining a Ugandan nonprofit farming collective that receives U.S. foreign assistance. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World.

Laura-pohlLaura Elizabeth Pohl is multimedia manager at Bread for the World. You can follow her on Twitter at @lauraepohl.

 

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