Maduma village, in the Balaka district of Malawi, is home to Baina Isile and her family. They struggle on the little her husband is able to earn, and access to food is a continual challenge in her community.

Every year, from October to March, the people of the village face a lean season caused by poor rains and lack of agricultural essentials such as fertiliser, Baina told us in 2014.

Baina speaking to Islamic Relief staff in 2014.

Baina speaking to Islamic Relief staff in 2014.

“There are not enough jobs… and the harvest we get from farming is not enough to eat and sell,” said Baina, who lives with her husband and four children in a one-roomed house.

“We don’t have enough money and we sometimes go without food and our other basic needs. [The children] sometimes go to bed hungry, and are not able to concentrate well at school.”

The foodpack that the family received last Ramadan supplemented their regular diet of home-grown maize, beans and vegetables. One of 5,170 distributed by Islamic Relief in Malawi last year, it contained rice, beans, sugar, cooking oil, salt and tea.

Baina and her son collecting their Ramadan foodpack.

Baina and her son collecting their Ramadan foodpack.

“It helped my family because we had food for iftar and we didn’t have to go look for work to get food for the family. I would like to thank the donors for thinking about us in this month of Ramadan.”

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