Ethiopians Driving Growth, Entrepreneurship and Trade (EDGET) is a five-year value chain development project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project aimed to increase incomes for 10,000 men and women farmers and textile producers by facilitating access to growing markets, enhancing production techniques and appropriate technologies, and improving input supplies and affordable support services, including finance.
EDGET, which means ‘progress’ in the Amharic language, has been concentrated on integrating smallholder rice farmers and small-scale artisans into higher value markets through increased market linkages and enhanced productivity. As a result of the project, Ethiopian rice and textile entrepreneurs are producing highquality products and reaching new and growing markets to drive growth and improve livelihoods.
Growing Entrepreneurs: Ethiopian Stories of Change
Each farmer, weaver and value chain actor that EDGET worked with and supported throughout the life of the project has a unique story of change and transformation. Throughout the project, a total of 75 stories were collected, of which 17 were tracked as long-term stories. This collection features both long-term and single stories, telling the story of EDGET through the lens of 12 individuals across the textile and rice value chains and different geographic locations. They shared what their lives were like before participating in EDGET, the kinds of changes they experienced during the project, and their plans to expand their businesses.
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