In Timor-Leste, agriculture is the main source of income for rural families. This means families are living hand to mouth and are unable to get ahead.

Your gift this Christmas can provide families like Maria’s with the skills and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their health, helping to grow their family’s future.


Maria and her husband Salvador are farmers in rural Timor-Leste. Maria and her family struggled to live from harvest to harvest. They ate what they could grow, and with the little they sold, Maria and Salvador would buy essentials like rice and fertiliser.

“In the dry season, water is really hard to get,” Maria says. “The water would dry up.”

Through ADRA, Maria and Salvador received training on how to best use their land and soil to produce thriving harvests, even in the dry season. But the biggest change came when they received strawberry seeds.

“Strawberries in the dry season are good. They have made a good change in our lives,” says Maria. “Many people are buying the strawberries and we cannot keep up with the demand! Thank you for helping my family.”

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