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Latifa the owner-caretaker of her family’s 20-acre farm | by World Bank Photo Collection
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Latifa the owner-caretaker of her family’s 20-acre farm

A cool breeze rustles the matooke leaves atop a picturesque plateau near Kyotera, Uganda. Latifa Nasansa, 42, proudly wears a shimmering green Gomesi — customary dress for women in Uganda. The mother of three has never married, and is the owner-caretaker of her family’s 20-acre farm in Rakai District. People in the community — even men, she says — come to “pick a leaf” from her (learn from her example). Lately, she uses her influence to encourage farmers to grow the orange-fleshed sweet potato – a vitamin A-rich food good for young children and elderly people with dimming eyesight. Reflecting on women’s position in society, Nasansa says life holds more possibilities today than a decade ago. Women don’t have to depend on husbands to survive--they can get training, learn new things, and start businesses without any man being involved, she says. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on June 27, 2015