Mang Mellecio and his wife farm this hectare of land, planting it to corn twice a year. The first harvest nets him 8 tons of corn while the second one, within the rainy season, nets considerably less. He relies on middlemen to finance his seeds, fertiliser, and pesticides, for which he will repay with half of his harvest. And then another slice goes to the landlord. With what's left, they managed to send all three children through school. A story of perseverance and hope. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: To tell his story, I took several environmental portraits of Mang Mellecio with his newly planted corn field. Ironically, the best shot was when he looked away.)
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