MY story

Luwayo Biswick: Founder of Paradise Food Chain

My name is Luwayo Biswick, and I am the founder of Paradise Food Chain. My journey from hunger and scarcity to creating a thriving food system has been a remarkable one. It all began with my deep-rooted passion for addressing the food crisis in Malawi, a cause that is close to my heart.

I grew up in a family of 12, where every day was a struggle to find enough food. My parents worked tirelessly to feed our large family, but resources were scarce. The hardships I faced made me realize that compromising the food system has far-reaching consequences. It became clear to me that something needed to change.

In 2009, I stumbled upon the concept of permaculture through a friend who was involved in the Never Ending Food project. I was captivated by the abundance I saw in his chemical-free garden. This inspired me to create my own garden, even though I didn’t fully understand the principles of permaculture at the time.

Armed with determination but without any formal training, support, or financial resources, I began growing maize everywhere I could. My goal was to address the hunger problem that had plagued my life. Despite facing ridicule and skepticism from those around me, I remained steadfast in my belief that sustainable farming held the key to a brighter future.

One turning point in my journey came when I invited my permaculture friend to visit my garden. Together, we walked through my village, surprising everyone who had doubted me. Witnessing the transformation that had taken place, my friend became a believer in my vision. This validation encouraged me to push forward, despite the resistance and challenges that arose.

Over time, my perseverance paid off. My family experienced the positive impact of permaculture firsthand. The word spread, and neighboring villages began adopting the same techniques. Today, I am humbled to see the ripple effect of my work, with young boys and girls, the village chief, and countless others seeking my guidance on permaculture practices.

Motivated by these successes, I founded Paradise Food Chain. Our mission is to create sustainable food systems that promote self-sufficiency, improve nutrition, and empower communities. Through Paradise Food Chain, we teach people how to compost, practice companion planting, and generate income from selling organic vegetables.

The journey hasn’t been easy. I faced opposition and rejection from my own community, labeled as an outsider bringing strange ways of living. Yet, I stood my ground and showed them the tangible results of my labor. Today, I am proud to say that my parents have also embraced permaculture, reaping the benefits of a healthy environment, plentiful food, and economic independence.

Paradise Food Chain continues to grow, nourishing not only bodies but also souls. Our impact extends beyond the boundaries of my village, reaching communities far and wide. I am filled with hope as I witness the transformation taking place, knowing that we are building a sustainable future for generations to come.

My story is a testament to the power of determination and the potential that lies within each of us to make a difference. Let us all work together to create a paradise where food security, ecological harmony, and thriving communities are the norm.

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