Aberash (25) lives with her husband Durato and four children. Before working with Send a Cow they depended on selling coffee and labouring for an income. Productivity on their farm was very low and the soil fertility was poor. The family had a limited diet, mostly consisting of maize and sweet potatoes. 

Aberash and Durato’s relationship was suffering and they didn’t discuss or share decision making. Durato said:

Even though I had worked and made some money, I always drank and we didn’t have peace at home. But after the training we help each other and discuss to make things right

“I thank God and Send a Cow”

Aberash received training in compost and seed bed preparation, improved animal management and gender and social development. She has diversified her crops with vegetables which (unlike crops) can be harvested three times a year. Productivity of the land has hugely increased. 

Aberash and Durato have joined a savings group:

“Before the project we use to beg for clothes from other farmers. Now I am able to buy clothes for my children and myself - I thank God. I also thank Send a Cow for bringing this intervention to my family.”

The Future

Aberash and her husband now work together on the farm and in their home. Aberash says that people used to be concerned about them, but now:

People come to visit our farm and we train them how to grow vegetables. They recognize the change in our life. In the future we plan to address the poverty issue with our neighbours. I want to help them to copy what we are doing. This is my ambition and my dream so people can really get out of poverty.

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