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amanduAsetu Tipeani Amadu, is a soybean farmer and the lead farmer of her group in the Nyoli community of Wa West District in MEDA’s GROW project.

Through her active participation in the Naamwin Sunte group (meaning “God help us”), Asetu became a Lead Farmer and had the opportunity to participate in training sessions in the areas of best agronomics practices, group dynamics and soybean utilization. During the farming season:

“I successfully cultivated 0.5 acre of soybean for household consumption due to its high nutrition. I also adopted no-tillage farming to make my production cost lower. I have increased my farm to one acre this year and expected to harvest about seven bags at the end of the season.”

Asetu is one of the only nine women to win an Assembly seat and will represent the silent voices of more than 600,000 women and children when she helps the Assembly make investment decisions.

She said that being a GROW Lead Farmer helped her to prepare for her role as Assembly Woman. Through her involvement with GROW, she has attended important training sessions, has access to important information, has gained an understanding of community issues and gender dynamics, and is better able to manage her workload and support other women. Her experience with the project has boosted her confidence and made her more confident, which will help her represent the community in the Wa West District Assembly.

According to Asetu:

“I was greatly supported by the GROW Project to have quality posters, package my message and identify entry points and not to insult others. The men contenders tried to frustrate me but I was determined and I had great support and encouragement from other GROW women.”

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