A former cardiology nurse has discovered an unexpected passion - farming - and with that inspired others with her dedication to agriculture. Maria Zaloumis has become one of Zambia's leading tomato farmers.
Maria Zaloumis was a cardiology nurse in Australia and never expected to be a farmer, but here she is, one of Zambia's leading tomato farmers.
She moved back to Zambia so she could take care of her father, who was ill, but struggled to find a job as a nurse and joined the family business - that's when she discovered a passion she never thought she had.
The former nurse, who has been given the nickname 'The Zed Farmer', admits that is a consuming job, being a farmer. But she doesn't mind - she loves what she does. For Maria, it's not a job, it's a way of life.
The farm produces a whopping 72 tonnes of tomatoes per month and has employed more than 70 people.
But she's not stopping there - she wants to continue to grow the business and help her community.
Check out Maria's story:
Social media users have been inspired by Maria and the way she's pouring her passion into what she does, Briefly.co.za noticed.
Here's what a few of them had to say:
Well done, Maria representing women farmers
What an inspiration. I have nothing but good (to say) about the businesswomen of Africa.
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