VIDEO: Basic technology boosts incomes in Zimbabwe


November 11, 2010

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On my first day in Zimbabwe, I went to visit some farm families in the town of Murejwa. People are poor there, and Mercy Corps is working with them to find ways to boost their incomes.

In this video, I'm with Fred and Beauty Jokonya, who live and farm on a half-acre on the outskirts of town. The star of this show, however, is a piece of basic technology: the treadle pump. As you'll see, this pump has made the farm and its owners a lot more productive.

I mention in the video that Fred and Beauty are looking after many of their grandchildren. What I don't mention in the video but want to note here is that the kids are AIDS orphans. In recent years, about 20 percent of Zimbabwe's adults have been struggling with HIV/AIDS and as a result there is a whole generation of kids being raised by their grandparents.