Every time we work alongside the community to solve a problem; every time we experiment with a new design or a new technique; every time we overcome a new challenge – another opportunity presents itself to share what we ’ve learned with others. Sharing our knowledge with others, both in Ethiopia and beyond, is not only a powerful practice of Project Ethiopia, it is essential to our mission and vision.
Most of the communities with whom we partner are within walking distance of one another so knowledge, skills, and education are easily communicated from one area to another. Villagers who have been trained as cement masons, concrete block makers, metal workers, well-diggers and toilet floor makers can support families in their own community and spread that knowledge to others in nearby communities. The ripple effect at work again!
Project Ethiopia Farmer ’s Associations are a shining example of how knowledge transfer and sharing is at the heart of the Project Ethiopia model. Farmer ’s Associations, 50 members each, are comprised of farmers from a broader area representing more than 300 farmers. They meet monthly to learn and share ideas, serving as “engines of agricultural education ” to the broader community around issues such as:
- Saving crops and land when the rains last months longer than usual.
- Eliminating pesticides that harm bees and learning the skills of bee keeping.
- Fertilizing crops with diluted urine collected from Project Ethiopia latrines.
- Setting up and growing a savings account.
MISSION IN ACTION
Beekeeping: A Growing Source of Income for Dangla Farmers
Local and international demand for Ethiopia’s honey is steadily increasing, and prices are closely following suit. As a result, interest among rural farmers to learn and partake in the beekeeping industry, often as a part-time employment opportunity alongside other farming efforts, has been ticking upward. This marks an incredible time for Project Ethiopia to empower transformative economic efforts by enabling access to necessary equipment and training, and our Project Leader, Workineh Genetu, has been leading the way.
Workineh has identified and selected new beekeepers, facilitated the distribution of beehives, managed payment processing for beehive collection, and developed a system for shared extractor and wax printing tools, which are far too expensive for ownership by a single farmer. Most importantly, Workineh has empowered incoming beekeepers through education, training, and hands-on experience sharing for the management of beekeeping and honey production.
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