My name is Teresa Joaquim. I am from Alto Benfica, and I make and sell "badjia" cakes.
This road from Mocuba to Milange changed our lives because of all the travellers. Sometimes they stop, buy a few things and continue their journey. In the old days we would sell 150 MT worth per day, but now we can sell cakes up to 500 MT, 350 MT, even 450 MT a day. And I can even get all the ingredients right here in Alto Benfica. I don’t need to travel to Mocuba anymore.
There are many other improvements. When the road was bad, some mothers wouldn’t make it to the hospital to have their babies. As soon as their time arrived, they would have to wait for transport, sometimes they couldn't find it or it would arrive late.
There was a small health unit where mothers could go to have their babies, but often there was no nurse there. Many nurses couldn't come from Mocuba. It was very hard. There were many stillborn children.
But now everything is well. The road is the future of Mozambique.