SINGAPORE (June 6,
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Commitment, hard work, economic growth, community impact: these are words one might use to describe the people running the Endeg Besera (“Let’s grow through work”) chicken farm in the Guraghe Zone of southern Ethiopia.
“My family and I have reached the goals we set for ourselves. But we are still ambitious for more.” Tefera Ana has dramatically improved his family’s livelihood, with support from the GRAD project. Tefera lives in the Mareko district of Ethiopia’s Guraghe Zone with his wife and six children.
Samuel Abreha, a 43-year-old mother of three, used to depend on the government safety net and some income from her farm to feed her family. Now she’s famous in the Raya Azebo district of Tigray in northern Ethiopia as a successful business woman. How did she make this dramatic change?
“In the future, I want to lease more land, further expand my shop, and buy a vehicle.” These are aspirations that Zehara Mohammed, from the Guraghe Zone of southern Ethiopia, did not have in 2014. At that time, she was struggling just to get enough food for herself and her three children.