During an economic recession in the mid-1990s, women living in Lubumbashi's downtown Katuba neighbourhood began growing vegetables for their families on a three-hectare field belonging to a local church. Later, they formed an association, Maendeleo, which now has 250 members and produces some 360 tonnes of vegetables a year. Maendeleo is one of the city's most active associations - facilitators trained by the project conduct regular courses in bed preparation, composting and use of improved varieties.