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Lead farmer Mary Kamangeni, 52, center, collects sun dried corn from where she's left it out to dry in Tholo, Malawi . As a lead farmer in the community and regularly teaches fellow villagers drought resistant techniques. When Mary first began using dried up corn stalks as a way of retaining water and nourishing her crops many in her community laughed at her, but when they saw the success they now come to her to ask that she teach them the technique. Mary was often hospitalized due to complications of HIV in 2007. Her weight hovered at around 60 pounds. ARVS and supplementary feeding provided by Doctors Without Borders restored her health and will to live. With her weight at 110 pounds, Mary vowed to work harder than anyone else in her community to provide for her family. The CRS spearheaded WALA program funded by USAID and implemented by 8 partner organizations has helped Mary fulfill her vow. She is a lead farmer in her community and she has seen her crops double and even triple some years. She also participates in Village Savings and Loan projects and cares for livestock provided by WALA partner World Vision.