A 'total transformation' for Birtukan's family

Jan 09, 2017
By World Vision Ethiopia; Edited by Katie Hackett

“We had a hard and difficult time,” says Birtukan, 36. The mom of four from Hidhabu Abote remembers how they used to struggle. For at least three months each year, the family didn’t have enough food to eat.

World Vision worked with the community to install a new irrigation system—something Birtukan says has brought “total transformation” in her family’s life.

Along with the new water source, they received vegetable seeds to start growing new crops. Now they’re harvesting two or three times a year from their half hectare, earning over 10,000 birr, or $600 Canadian, every year.

With the profits from their farming efforts, the family was able to buy a cow and a sheep.

“By now, the number of our dairy cow and sheep have reached five and fourteen respectively,” Birtukan says, adding that they no longer experience food shortages and her whole family’s health and nutrition have improved.

“I am able to feed our children three times a day, able to pay for school, clothes and their medical needs,” she says.

With the support of Canadian sponsors, 360 farmers like Birtukan and her family received assistance with seeds, tools or livestock in Hidhabu Abote last year.

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