In a world where people are constantly looking for greener pastures, it’s refreshing to hear of someone who sees opportunity in their rural setting. Meet Maxen Fupi, a newly deployed teacher at Shakumbila Secondary School in Mumbwa.
Rather than spending all his time in the classroom, Mr. Fupi has taken advantage of the 12 hectares of land he owns in the area and started farming maize. It may seem like a small venture, but Mr. Fupi has big plans for his farm.
Mr. Fupi shared his excitement about the potential of his farm. “I see this as a great opportunity to double my income,” he said. “I want to expand my farm and eventually start exporting my produce.”
Many may be surprised by Mr. Fupi’s decision to stay in a rural area, especially when most of his colleagues are busy seeking transfers to towns. But to him, the rural setting presents endless possibilities.
“I love the peace and tranquility of this place,” he said. “And there is so much untapped potential here. I want to help develop this community and be a part of its growth.”
Mr. Fupi’s story is not just inspiring, it’s also a reminder of the importance of embracing one’s roots and seeing the potential in one’s surroundings. As a teacher, he hopes to instill this same mindset in his students and encourage them to explore opportunities in their own communities.
As Mr. Fupi continues to work towards his dream of expanding his farm, he serves as a shining example of how dedication and hard work can lead to success. His story is a testament to the fact that with the right mindset and a willingness to take risks, anything is possible.
Credit: Paul Shalala