Farmers & Families

Farmers & Families

Our Chef Advocates are changing the way policymakers and communities think about food in order to empower the millions of people around the world do not have enough food to eat. Meet some of the farmers who are lifting themselves out of poverty with CARE’s support. 


Meet Alima Assane

Alima is a mother of five living on a remote island community off the cost of northern Mozambique. Alima’s community struggles with food insecurity due to overfishing and the impact of climate change on the environment. Alima is a participant in a CARE program, which aims to protect the region’s fragile ecosystem while also strengthening the livelihoods of the people who depend on the area’s dwindling resources. Through this program, Alima works to educate the community about protecting the environment, including the mangroves, which are often cut down for firewood. Alima’s main motivation for being part of the program is to see the results of her work. By protecting the mangroves, Alima and her community have better access to crabs and sea snails, leading to better food security for these families. Today, Alima’s focus is on her children and providing them with nutritious food so they can attend school and also be leaders in their community.


Meet Carina Nicolas Zamora

Carina is a mother and businesswoman from Ayacucho, Peru. In 2009, Carina received a small micro-savings loan of $100 from CARE to invest in a guinea pig farm, which is a staple food in Peruvian culture. With the earnings Carina received from her micro-business, she was able to pay back the microloan, and start building capital and establishing herself as a successful businesswoman. Carina also began to focus on quinoa production because it requires less time commitment and is more profitable. Carina acknowledged that this loan was the first step toward obtaining the necessary tools to take control of her future. After her quinoa production business took off, Carina decided to return to school and pursue a career in computer science. Carina plans to study agronomy and accounting at a university in Peru to help her continue to grow her small business. Carina is eager for her daughter, who is now five-years-old, to attend school and obtain the best education possible.


Meet Cecilia Abilio

Cecilia is a mother of five who is the president of a CARE Farmer Field School (FFS) in northern Mozambique. Through the program, Cecilia has learned conservation agriculture techniques, which have helped her significantly increase agricultural production. As a result, she now has two horticulture fields that are thriving due to the new skills she has learned through the FFS. Cecilia is now able to provide nutritious food for her family and sell the extra food as a source of income. Cecilia says she joined the program because she wanted to learn about what types of food she and her family should be eating and the nutritional value of some of the crops she is producing. Cecilia used the money earned from selling her crops to purchase school supplies for her two sons and she plans to continue investing in their education.


Meet Edilberto Soto Tenorio

Edilberto is a potato farmer from Ayacucho, Peru. In 2010, Edilberto joined a CARE program that boosted productivity and connected small-scale farmers to markets in more than 100 communities in Peru. With CARE’s help, Edilberto was able to grow his business, and in turn, better feed his family. CARE provided the 1,100 participating families with high-quality seeds, agricultural training and forums where the farmers could come together. Edilberto’s big break came in 2011 when legendary Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio tasted a few of his potatoes. Acurio then traveled to meet Edilberto and his farmer consortium and was deeply impressed by the quality of their crops. Because they were united as a consortium, Acurio was convinced he’d have a stable enough supply to place the potatoes on the menus of some of the finest restaurants in Lima. As a result, the demand for native Peruvian potatoes skyrocketed and so did incomes in the valley Edilberto calls home. Edilberto now has a larger market to sell his crops and is able to provide a steady source of income and nutritious food for his family.