Mrs. Aberash Lejissa (SHGs)


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Mrs. Aberash Lejissa, now 52, is a member of Ifa Arganne [Waljalanne Jarso] SHG. She lives at Jarso area of Guduru district.  Before she gets information about poor women’s groups, four years back, her life was so devastating.  She says: “both I and my husband were servants of others, working as daily laborers with very low payment. We even had nothing to eat. But now, thanks to my group, I am among the people who work for themselves. As you may witness yourself, my backyard is richly gardened far more than those who have been recruiting us!”

Besides the group saving effort, Aberash together with her husband is raising different horticultural crops (including vegetables and fruit trees) and also practicing backyard beekeeping (harvesting 50-75kg/year). Through the saving as well as sale of vegetables and honey, they are covering their daily subsistence; able to send their two children to school; possessed eight sheep (which later sold to purchase a cow); constructed new house with corrugated iron sheet (changed their hut); bought an ox; and started to cultivate their own land which they have been sub-renting previously. Moreover, Aberash boldly expresses her benefit after the group as: “maddiin ko guutuu ta’e” [literally means= my cheek has become full now]. In the future, Aberash and her family are planning to scale their businesses up: extend the backyard horticultural initiatives, modernize their beekeeping practices and also diversify their farming systems.