I am a school dropout and used to do odd jobs that earned me CHF 7.1 a month. I always dreamt of being a commercial farmer, but I had no skills or market linkages. I found out about the LSDY Project through a friend and registered for training. I participated in a career guidance session and chose to grow hot pepper. Swisscontact equipped me with relevant skills in financial literacy, leadership, safety at work, and others. They also exposed me to peer visits and introduced me to group savings, which have increased my access to finance and helped me establish a contract farming agreement for hot pepper production with an export company. Between December 2017 and June 2018, I increased my income to CHF 2,177. From my profits, I have been able to build two fish ponds and a well for water harvesting and hired land to expand my hot pepper business. I aspire to buy my own land, where I plan to build my house.
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