Naitolia & Milola

Through a participatory wealth-ranking study, community members determined the following characteristics to describe well-off and poor households in our two target communities:

A well-off household...

Naitolia
  • Owns 600-800 cattle, 150-200 sheep/goats, and around 10 donkeys
  • Has 6-10 wives and 20-30 children
  • Is able to cultivate 10-20 acres of maize to supplement food products from livestock
Milola
  • Owns 200-300 coconut trees
  • Owns over 50 acres of farmland
  • Has 2-3 rental houses
  • Is able to cultivate 10-20 acres of rice for sale
  • Uses hired labor
  • May own motor vehicle or milling machine
  • Has children in secondary school
  • Has political influence in the community and outside

A poor household...

Naitolia
  • Has none of the assets of well-off households
  • May have a wife and children
  • Depends on tending to the cattle owned by richer people
  • Cultivates less than 1/2 acre of maize for subsistence
  • Always late in planting, maize harvested when still green
  • Cannot pay taxes or send children to school
  • Cannot pay for medical care
  • Has a dilapidated house and very poor clothing
Milola
  • Has none of the assets of well-off households
  • Cultivates less than 1/2 acre of crops for subsistence
  • Always late in planting, maize harvested when still green
  • Cannot pay taxes or send children to school
  • Cannot pay for medical care
  • Has a dilapidated house and very poor clothing