Ethiopian widow’s seed success

Self Help AfricaEthiopia, Gender, News, video

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A widow, Schmegie Kulbla is part of the solution to the problem that small-scale farmers across Ethiopia face in accessing good quality crop seed. Upwards of 90% of the country’s farmers produce their own seed from year to year, standards are poor, and often result in crop yields that are just a fraction of their potential.

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Supporting Enterprise in Ethiopia

Self Help AfricaEthiopia


When Mestawet Negash separated from her husband three years ago, it was necessary for her to start earning money to support her young family. She recently joined the new savings and credit co-operative (SACCO), established by Self Help Africa at Alem Tena, and took out a loan with which to … Read More

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Save, Borrow, Thrive…The Ethiopian Way

Self Help AfricaEthiopia, Microfinance

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Western economies are still trying to recover from the credit crisis of 2007/08. A mountain of debt accumulated by runaway banks and inflated property deals almost overwhelmed the entire banking system. 6 years later and western taxpayers are still picking up the tab with huge outstanding bills. Imagine now a … Read More

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Almaz: Carer, Provider, Entrepreneur

Self Help AfricaCase Study, Ethiopia

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Almaz Tadsaa stands in her one and half hectare field of malt barley in the Oromia region of Ethiopia…Demand for the crop has been growing locally, including from a malting factory which is not too far away, further down the valley. With funding from Irish Aid, Self Help Africa is … Read More

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Our view: Progress for Africa

Self Help AfricaEthiopia


The vital role that small-scale farming communities have to play in that continent’s future economic growth and development is important to acknowledge.

It is heartening therefore that this week’s report from the Africa Progress Panel (APP) should expressly focus on the role of small-scale farmers in the future of Africa.

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