In southwest Tanzania, there are several villages in the mountains with no WiFi or electricity, multiple transportation challenges and a scarcity of water. But these villages are also home to farmers who are successfully producing food for their families on neighborhood plots of land.
A phone call led to a visit to a convent where religious sisters were struggling to grow fruit for their students.
Shea Belahi will not be held down by a corporate glass ceiling. In fact, she won't be held down by any ceiling: her office is the open sky. She is fiercely independent and, at age 30, she's her own boss—running her own farm.
"I didn't know what to do with my life. I liked gardening a lot," she says.
Shea now grows heirloom produce on a 1-acre plot in Illinois. Her vegetables, berries, melon and asparagus all started as open-pollinated seeds, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind.