The gap between owning a farm and turning a viable profit from it is wider than it seems. Eneye knows this challenge firsthand.
After her husband died, Eneye became the sole provider for her four children. Even though she didn’t have the opportunity to receive a proper education, Eneye refused to let circumstances define her. She knew that she could do the job, she just needed support to turn a meaningful profit.
Subsistence farming is a primary source of income for the more than 80% who live in the rural regions of Ethiopia. There are many who, like Eneye, work hard to provide for their families. They have the skills but need a little extra support to see their businesses thrive. Access to the right markets, proper tools or even finance ensures they have what they need for their businesses to flourish and succeed long-term. The blessings you share ensure farmers can access the right business supports.
Eneye grows vegetables such as garlic, tomato, pepper, cabbage, swiss chard, and potato on her one-hectare of land. As a farmer in Ethiopia, she has struggled to keep her produce from perishing in storage after harvest – forcing her to sell it at lower prices for fear it would spoil before she could make a sale.
Eneye took part in the Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agribusiness (EMERTA) project, where she received training on proper agricultural practices, market systems, business development services and financial management. Through this project, she was introduced to a local partner who helped her source a new post- harvest technology called the zero-energy chamber cooler.
The simple storage facility allowed Eneye to extend the life of her vegetables from two to four weeks. With the training she had received, she sought out better sales and was able to receive full market value for her goods. Today she can consistently meet customer demand with quality supply and has plans to incorporate other varieties of vegetables which hold up better in the rainy seasons.
Won’t you share your blessings this Christmas? There are many who would benefit from your generous support. Give a gift that will create a lasting impact for entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. Provide farmers, like Eneye, with opportunity to charge a fair market price for their produce, grow successful businesses and earn a fair living wage.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Luke 6:38