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Hi. I am an extremely shy Zimbabwean (in Southern Africa) female and I am still new to permaculture. I believe my purpose is to make a magnified input in poverty alleviation and I am trying this through application of mostly permaculture principles, coupled with harnessing the potential that is in each individual (regardless of social class or background).
I am currently trying to introduce a sustainable lifestyle (based on permaculture) to my community because I know it will definitely solve half of the challenges, at minimum costs and probably in a space of time shorter than can be imagined ( I might be wrong but it is a strong gut filling). I see the world differently especially on the definition of success and the value of money. I think because we live in a capital based world, money makes it convenient sometimes, but I think the value we have given it is far much greater than its actual value.  It would be a great thing if there are people who have managed to become, or are on the road to being self-sufficient and are willing to share their experiences, for it can be overwhelming when building something as an individual. Finding a partner along the way who has permaculture values and has love as a core value, will be a bonus and will be more than welcome.
 
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Good for you !  Must be quite a challenge in your country , but it was known as the bread-basket of southern Africa if not all of Africa at one point ? 

I have family in Kenya actually, but have never been to your continent. Quite different from Canada and Scandinavia where I operate... fascinating though !
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Hey! Hope you are well.

Must be quite a challenge in your country

You can say that again. The fact that the place used to be a bread basket is kind of my green light. It means whatever is going on has nothing whatsoever to do with lack of resources(due to geographic location), because the same place which was a bread basket is now the complete opposite.
I could not view the image you sent, it must be my connection. Will keep on trying.

 
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Hi again,   Thanks yes doing great !  This time of year everything is starting to wake up after the winter dormancy/hibernation . Hope you are well too!

Yes you really have all the potential in the world there, I suppose the upheaval within agriculture has left things in a state of chaos. My understanding is that alot of those (maybe cronies of a certain politician)  who took over the farms that were operating smoothly, don't really have the skills to run them in the same manner.
I guess alot of people think that just get a farm or get a machine and everything will be fine, but the machinery and the farms still need to be worked at and run professionally to succeed.

The image I sent was my house in "winter garb" of snow :)  Jokingly "cool house"  . hope you can view it.....

Cheers , Mark
 
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Wow, Rufaro, your gutsy!!!

I read somewhere on permies that every dollar I don't have to earn is something like 1.4 dollars saved, because everything is taxed.  Good luck on your journey. 

I think most cultures have a myth of the heros journey, where the hero goes on a journey and grows and defeats evil.  This story teaches us how we should view our own lives.  The hero often starts from very humble beginnings, but he/she grows into something great. 

I think another universal is the hero defeating the dragon who is guarding a hoard of treasure.  The lesson in the second story is that what we fear (the dragon) is also where the treasure is. 

There is more than one way to teach and talk.  Even if you are very shy, there is a way you can teach and help others.  Moses had a speech impediment, so God gave him Aaron to speak for him.  Don't give up.  You are on your own hero's journey.  You are the hero, if you act the part, even if no one else recognizes it.  (usually it's a while before anyone recognizes the hero as anything special). 

There  used to be a group called the Benson institute.  They were always working in povery stricken areas with limited resources, so their method of helping in an area was to create a personalized plan for a local family that would improve their situation.  Once the neighbors saw the improvement in lifestyle, they eventually got curious and started asking questions and adapting it to their own lives  It's not as fast as some big govt. program, but it was doable with limited resources. 

Best of Luck on your Journey.
 
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Thank you all so much, I just teared up a bit reading through the messages.
I managed to view the house, definitely a COOL one. Its such a pretty view.
 
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Thanks !

Its warm and cozy inside !  

All the best !

Mark
 
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Hey Rufaro..

You are in Africa? That is quite amazing. I wasn't interested in your singles profile, however your post interested me as a friendly post. I liked your energy in your post and the tone of the words you spoke. I believe in Ubuntu contributionism and practice it here currently myself in the USA. Feel free to message me privately.
Take good care,
Teres
 
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Teres Demos wrote:
.... your post interested me as a friendly post. I liked your energy in your post and the tone of the words you spoke. ...



I totally agree! You sound like an awesome person! I hope you keep posting on Permies about what you are doing, sounds like you will do neat things in life. And I hope you find a man you like to make you happy.
 
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