Kitabe grew up working on a maize farm with her family in Bulbula, Ethiopia. She didn’t have high hopes for her future after leaving school in the first grade, then finding herself forced into an arranged marriage. Her family was poor and food was scarce.
With the help of Oxfam, Kitabe has been able to turn her situation around. She now spends her time managing the seed production on her farm, as well as being a mother to her four children. Although she was reluctant at first, Kitabe joined Oxfam’s project and took out a loan of 10,000 Birr – the equivalent of £324. As a result, she was able to buy more seed to grow crops.
After the first harvest, Kitabe was able to pay it back and even had enough to buy more land. Kitabe has also purchased a cow and an ox, providing her with an extra source of income which is used to pay for additional labourers on the farm. Kitabe used to have little control over her finances, but being a part of this scheme means she is able to manage her money more effectively, helping her to secure a brighter future for herself and her family. “She said she has lived in darkness for a long time. She does’nt want her kids to live in the darkness she has lived in. She hopes her children will get the chance to work in this way too. She said she wants a better life for them.
The issue: inequality and food poverty!
Around a third of Ethiopia’s rural population are poor, small-scale farmers who rely on their crops to feed themselves. This is known as subsistence farming, and it often yields little food, meaning families go hungry because of limited support, lack of finances and a lack of markets for their produce. In these rural communities, it is also common for women to take on the largest amount of domestic work and care-giving (including farming), yet have little to no control over finances.
Response: business training and equality education, and support!
With your donation they can help small-scale farmers increase their yields, adapt to extreme weather in their area and find new markets for their crops. This could mean business and farming advice or small loans with low rates that farmers can use to invest in their livelihoods. You can help tackle inequality by supporting Oxfam’s WE-Care programme, which aims to support working mothers. Women can attend groups to discuss their struggles and find ways to make positive changes towards equality at home.
What a regular donation can do!
You can help women like Kitabe improve their livelihoods and get support.
£9 could provide a family with manure, organic fertiliser and training in eco-friendly farming techniques.
£12 could help provide leadership training and education for women empowering them to stand up for their rights and make a big impact in their communities.
£44 could support one woman to join an enterprise and improve her income.
Why is regular giving important?
Every donation you make, no matter how big or small, makes a difference. Last year alone, 11.6 million people were reached in 51 countries around the world:
• 4.3 million people were reached through health promotion activities.
• 270,00 people are benefitting from support to improve their crops, goods or services.
• 5.4 million people were provided with improved access to clean water.
Donations are vital to help them continue their work, whether their responding to an emergency, working on long-term projects with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves, or campaigning for change. Giving monthly to Oxfam can help continue our life-changing work around the world allowing people to lead better lives and build stable, happy futures. Join them in their fight against poverty! Why not make Oxfam proud this Christmas and donate online.
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