Loice grew up with her extended family, in her home village in Bindura district. She loved swimming and the swimming competitions they had in the river, against the boys. "It didn't matter if you were a boy or girl. We were brothers and sisters, nothing more."
As with any family during that time, farming came first before school, "We would only go to school after ploughing the land." Loice believe this was her family's way of teaching her how to fend for her family. Today, she has a small piece of land, a few kilometres from her residence in Mufakose, which she ploughs with her children.
Loice practises organic farming as she is wary of the vegetables sold in the supermarkets. The soil she ploughs on is loose and classified as too dry but her grain still grows. Before she plants her seed, she applies a handful of soil from an anthill, "The soil from an antill is rich in nutrients. I plant the seed in that soil and cover it with the dry soil" she explains, this gives my seeds a fighting chance.
Her ngano directs us to always be specific giving instructions to third parties. Without specificity, your instruction can be ignored or misconstrued by the receiver. Likewise in this environment, people should be given information which is specific to their environment that way they do not ignore it. Loice is using the current lockdown to pre-pare her land for the ploughing season this October.
[Whispering Silence] This project was made possible with support from Africalia and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation of Belgium.