With few other options available, for decades Sani and her husband earned their living as daily labourers. Not only did this offer little security or income, but as they got older they found this toil increasing difficult.
So they jumped at the opportunity when Oxfam gave them the chance to run their own farm, so providing them with the ability to earn more for their efforts and to ensure that they always have enough feed their family.
"I attended three training sessions by Oxfam including organic fertiliser making and crop cultivation. I know how to grow better, and I know how to make organic fertiliser. It enhances the growth of the plants and increases the yield."
"Our diet has improved. Even if we don't have any money, we can just pick vegetables from the farm. Before, we just ate rice and fish. Compared to the old days, now my children have more vegetables to eat every day. They like it a lot."
Sani has taken to her alternative career to such an extent that she has been elected head of her Women Farmers' Group, supported by her husband Sunin, who reflects on their new career: "Compared to the jobs I have done before, I find it enjoyable to be a farmer. I don't feel like it's working at all; it's more like a hobby."