Meet Felekech Teka – a widow of 16 years and single mother of six, who lives in the lowland township of Abele Kolshoba in Humbo District, Ethiopia.
As the head of the household and sole breadwinner for her large family, Felekech spent many years struggling to put food on the table for her children. For at least three months every year, they ate only one meal.
When we first met Felekech back in 2015, the painful hunger of the recent drought was fresh in her mind. Her traditional farming methods could not withstand with Ethiopia’s harsh, dry weather. Climate-smart, low-input, and sustainable farming technologies were needed. It was then that Tearfund Canada and Terpeza Development Association introduced Felekech to Conservation Agriculture – and she was one of the first 60 farmers in the whole province to be trained.
When we visited Felekesh in 2018 – in her third year of the program – this transformation was even more evident:
“I am no longer a poor widow – I am an expert that teaches men. So far this year, over 100 farmers and neighbours have come to learn from me – a woman! I have the best farm yield in the whole community. I have two daughters in university, and I can pay all of their fees from the surplus crops that I sell. I never worry about the amount of food we have…
Through Conservation Agriculture, Felekech is defying societal norms, and helping her community members help themselves. She is a trailblazer, and only one of the many farmers whose lives have changed forever.
You can impact a family’s life by bringing an end to poverty
When the Ebola virus hit Kadijah’s village, many children had lost their parents and family members. Kadijah and her husband tried to do everything they could for the community, including adopting six orphaned children. Thanks to an innovative farming program offered by a local church, the family is rising above hunger and extreme poverty.
When Aminata heard about six children in their village who lost their parents to the Ebola virus, she determined to help. Aminata decided to welcome the six orphaned children into her home. But with a total of 12 mouths to feed, Aminata was worried. How was she going to provide for so many when they had so little? It was while attending church one day that everything began to change.