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PRISCA's FORTUNE TRANSFORMED

THROUGH ; Youth In Action ( YIA )

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Prisca Levison is one of the Youth in Action (YIA) beneficiaries with bright prospects in life. She comes from Jeremiah village, Traditional Authority M'duwa in Mchinji. Aged 18, she is the first born child in a family of five.

Life used to be normal for Prisca and a bright future looked certain. She was scoring good grades and her teachers loved her for that. Tragedy struck in 2015. Her father died. Soon, there was no one to provide for the family. Her mother could not manage to provide such things as soap, writing materials and food. Prisca had no option but to drop from school to become a sole breadwinner.

Luckily enough, in 2016, Prisca joined YIA. After completing a six months business training, Prisca received a grant of MK70,000.00 from which she started a business of baking and selling fritters. The business was not profitable and she quickly invested in farming. She bought a bag of fertilizer and rented a 1.5 acre plot worthy K10, 000. 00 where she grew maize. Making use of two pieces of land which her late father had left the family, she grew soy on it. She intends to sell the products and diversify into a tearoom business where she will be baking and selling scones and tea simultaneously.

"I can now see a brighter future. I will be able to provide for myself and the baby I am expecting; thanks you YIA," Prisca said. Prisca plans to rent a four-acre piece of land next growing season for maize. Her achievement has put a smile on her mother's face. "The death of her father brought much distress in my life knowing that it would not be easy raising five children single handedly but I was relieved when she joined YIA," the mother said.

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