Birhan is picking fruit from a tree in Ethiopia
Birhan is picking fruit from a tree in Ethiopia

We used to eat only shiro (chickpea stew), now we have vegetables whenever we want.”

Birhan is farming in Ethiopia

We used to eat only shiro (chickpea stew), now we have vegetables whenever we want.”

Birhan is farming in Ethiopia

What we've achieved together

  • 2018

    “I paid my children’s school fees thanks to my pineapples.”

  • 2017

    "I want [my children] to succeed. This adult education helped me..."

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Oxfam and it's partners are helping farmers diversify their sources of income and grow crops that are more resistant to drought. This gives farmers and rural families a new way to manage the risks they face from increasingly erratic weather.

Birhan's story

In 2015 we had no rain, our entire wheat crop was ruined and we had no animal feed either. My husband and I could not feed ourselves and our three boys. We used to eat only shiro (chickpea stew). Now we have vegetables whenever we want.

Petterik Wiggers / Panos for Oxfam America

What is Oxfam doing to help?

Oxfam and the UN World Food Programme are helping farming families learn new ways to manage the risks they face due to unpredictable weather. Through the scheme:

  • Households can access loans and drought insurance that provides compensation when crops fail.
  • Farmers can work on environmental projects that strengthen their communities.
  • Families learn new ways to save.

I got a loan to grow

Before we had no animals, now I have a business. I got a loan to buy sheep, four of them. Now we have 12. I had no garden and no vegetables; now growing them helps our diet and selling them helps cover our expenses.

I'm very happy inside, I'm satisfied.

Before I could not conceive of doing a business like this. I wanted to work, but didn't know what to do. I have a micro-garden with vegetables, tomatoes, cabbage, and onion. I've seen great changes. I have a business. Now after I got this training, I am thinking about all sorts of ideas. I know I can grow crops and earn money and buy new clothes. And I think about production. It’s a different mindset.

Petterik Wiggers / Panos for Oxfam America

I'm very happy inside, I'm satisfied.”

Birhan with her sheep in Ethiopia.

Business as unusual: What we've achieved together

Birhan

Thanks for your help

See how your donations are helping communities like mine.

25,000 people

buying drought insurance policies in Tigray and Amhara

87,000 farmers

in Ethiopia and five other countries in Africa involved in the Rural Resiliance Initiative

I,000 birr /month

(£22.50) saved by Birhan to cover school expenses for her children