Photo 1/10 photo by: Tina Hillier/Oxfam
“In addition, to producing onion seed, I also produced tomato and beans. Working over the last three years I earned a total of above 100,000 ETB birr/£3250 and have been able to re-pay my loans; replace all the goats I have sold; renovate my old house and construct a new house; buy a television; buy an additional Ox and a cow so we can have milk; and buy a motorbike.
I like being a farmer. My life has changed in a major way as a result of my farm work, which I’m enjoying now because of the rewards and the return I get. I have never made as much change in my life as I have now as the result of the farming project and the training I have received. Just look – I couldn’t even afford a dairy cow before, but now I have a cow. This was my dream, before the project I could not make it happen. We wouldn’t have achieved this without the support and training we were given.
You know, I’m not educated. I had never visited town. But after taking part in this project and attending the training and networking, I know now I am capable of going to town by myself.”
Annie Sloan has teamed up with Oxfam, to create a new paint colour, which will be launched in October, for the charity’s 75th anniversary. ‘Lem Lem’ is a soft green, inspired by a visit Annie made to Ethiopia with Oxfam in February. ‘Lem Lem’ means the lush green of fresh growth in the language of the region.