Native of the commune of Djidja, 149 km from Cotonou, Emilienne, 33 years old, was born from farmer parents and merchant mother whom she helped. Married and mother of 3 children, she sells various foodstuffs (soybeans, peanuts) that she grows herself. For the past 5 years, she has mainly been running the family cashew plantation of almost 2 hectares. She started her collaboration with the BeninCajù project almost 2 years ago. "Before, I just knew how to plant and leave my orchard uncultivated; I did not do any maintenance of my plantation; I worked without any precise harvesting objective. I harvested 100Kg of cashew nuts per season. BeninCajù trained me on the good practices of planting, maintenance, harvesting and post-harvest (pruning, spacing, etc. ... For this year's campaign, I harvested 300Kg of nuts. "Emilienne GBEWA.
Emilienne's income has increased significantly with the increase in her production. She supports her husband with household expenses, schooling and supplies for their children. She even manages to help some of the needy in her community with medical care and food.
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