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Josepha Ntakirutimana fled from Rwanda to Malawi in 1994 following the country’s brutal civil war. She lived in a refugee camp where food was constantly scarce until she was resettled in Tucson in 2013. She began to grow vegetables such as amaranth, carrots and different types of squash to supplement food for her family. She also found passion in gardening. After she came to Tucson, she learned to garden in the desert environment and, with the help of International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson, she began to garden in her backyard. She now harvests enough vegetables and herbs to share with her friends. She finds peace in her garden and loves to visit her garden before and after her work. One day she hopes to have her own farm where she can work with other refugee women in Tucson.