byDaniel Tesfu M&E and Communications Coord. via web
Molata Kabale in Jarso Woreda is 26Kms from the town Ejersa Goro and mountainous terrain and absence of Roads makes it hard to reach area. Here, 33 members of Biftu Molata Women’s group is expanding their goat rearing business and hence increasing their income. Memoona Abdul Saleem, the secretary of the group reflected: ‘Our area is not easily accessible and we were not aware of the concept of value chain development before joining DryDev program’. Women in the area were used to rear goats and would sell them to brokers as they didn’t have access to market. When organised as a goat producer group in 2015, DryDev Program helped all women members to obtain a goat on cost sharing basis. Memoona shared how they sold 22 goats in the first round and net profit was not much due to high transportation cost. Now they are linked to a buyer from the town who comes weekly to an agreed point which is not far from their village and the group should provide him with 75 goats every trip. This high demand had made women think of ways of expanding their production and they have accessed a loan of 50,000 Birr from a micro finance institute. Woreda officials of Women, Children and Youth affairs have been of enormous support to them in this process. They are confident now that they can contribute significantly to their household economy.