Madalina (22) is a member of the Wae Kabuka farming group in West Timor, Indonesia. Madalina grows chilli in her garden and sells each harvest for 200,000 rupiah. She uses the money from the sale of chillies to send her sister to school and help cover her parents’ daily needs.
This year I will register for early childhood teacher training
As a young women, she had never thought of becoming a farmer. In April 2015, she heard of a programme, conducted by Plan International, that would help train young people to become farmers. She joined the program, thinking it would be better than to become unemployed.
Madalina enjoys martial arts and wants to become a preschool teacher. "This year I will register for early childhood teacher training. I will keep on farming as we only attend school three times a week," she says.