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Choolwe Mweemba Meet Choolwe Mweemba, a 28 year old smallholder cotton farmer from Simabwachi Village in the southern region of Zambia. As the mother of three boys, Choolwe has been growing cotton on her small farm since 2012. „I enjoy growing cotton because it gives me the income to support my family”, she says. To keep her soil healthy, Choolwe alternates growing cotton and growing other crops and vegetables, especially maize. Ever since she received basic economic training in the so-called Farmer Business Schools, she can run her farm like a small business. “I have learnt to save money in the bank. I used to keep my earnings in the house and spent it without budgeting. Now I plan expenses and buy inputs for farming.”