August 6, 2018

“Our daughters have a great chance for equality”

Almaz Korja lives in Bonke, Ethiopia, with her husband, Abebe, and six children.

"Before Send a Cow, we were in severe pain. We had no significant income. We were suffering from a shortage of food, clothes and money for medication and school fees. We didn't have any hope and were undermined even by our own community."

"Send a Cow became our fathers. They showed us the way and how to go. Send a Cow and the church paved our way for development and combating poverty.

There has been an improvement in gender relations. My husband and I love and respect each other and work together. Training changed the mindset of husbands and males. As a result, relations have improved and there is no longer conflict as we all respect one another. If my husband loves nad respects me, I can't but give love and respect to him.

Our mothers and grandmothers were not respected by their husbands and men in general. But our daughters have a great chance for equality; to be respected and to train the next generation of girls and so on."

Before the project, income was insignificant. The little produce Almaz could grow, the family ate ate; there was no surplus to sell. Within two years, they were able to sell their harvest of cabbage for 10,000 Birr (£280).

“When I saw the first harvest, particularly the cabbages, I was very proud and happy and my thought to myself was where would I find a market as I had so much.”