After losing her husband to illness, Mamitu was forced to beg on the streets just to buy food for her three children. The future for Mamitu’s family looked bleak until she was approached to take part in Yenege Tesfa’s agricultural program for single mothers. She was given seeds, taught how to prepare her land, and given continuous advice on harvesting and pest management.
Today, Mamitu’s harvests bear more than enough produce to provide for her family year round. The remainder, she sells at the market, bringing in enough income to send all three of her children to school. Mamitu is extremely grateful for the support she has received:
“Yenege Tesfa’s agricultural program has changed my life. My children are healthy, nourished and educated, and I no longer have to beg on the streets. But most importantly, participating in this program has meant that my entire family can have a quality of life that I never thought I could provide on my own.”
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