Saving for rainy days: How a mother restored her farm from a super typhoon

Lanie has been toiling farmland for more than 20 years but it took only one typhoon to wash away her hard work. This was how she got back up.


Lanie is a 45-year-old farmer. She has been toiling farmland for more than 20 years. She also married a farmer and they invested on a small parcel of land near their house. They started to grow variety of crops, which eventually became their sole source of income.


Over the years, the couple have been blessed with five children. Their farming business also prospered. The family relied on the income they get from selling their crops. Lanie allocated a large portion of it for her children’s education.


The year 2013 came and a disastrous typhoon hit her community in Leyte. It destroyed most of her crops that were days away from being ready for harvest. For months, their agriculture business was crippled. The kids had to spend time away from school. 



Thankfully, Lanie and her family recovered swiftly. She was able to invest P5,000 worth of farming materials to restart her business. She borrowed the money from CoMSCA, a savings group that she has been a part of even before the typhoon hit.



She bought various crop seeds such as corn, bell pepper, eggplant and more. They toiled their farm again with hopes of recovering their livelihood.


More than three years after their town was destroyed by Super typhoon Yolanda, Lanie earns an average of P30,000 during harvest season. She shared how fortunate she and her family feel for the opportunities given to them. She gives back by advocating savings to her fellow farmers.



Lanie’s story is just one of the many testimonies told by families supported by World Vision. Lanie is a member of Community Managed Savings and Credit Association (CoMSCA), an economic development project of World Vision. Support the organization to help more families become resilient.World Vision/November 29, 2017


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