Communal Farm Raises Standard of Living

Didi Hara Village, Ethiopia


Farming is now well known to the Borena people of Didi Hara Village. Their lifestyles were solely pastoral as they tended flocks and herds for many years. In the past, another NGO tried to train them in agriculture,  but it was not caught by the Borena. During our GHNI survey in Didi Hara, we collected different data and it showed that not a single person had a farm. TCD has proven to be the best approach to work with the village leaders and champions. It has helped us to change the clusters of the community through agricultural training. Tume is one of the Agriculture Group members standing with our TCD worker Asefa. Tume is a happy women these days as she can make enough money from the communal farm to support her family.    

TCD Update


Water -- Because of the drought,  the Water Committee is working hard to find water from underground. They are digging three water holes to be used for drinking and coViewsoking. This drought also meant that the animals also could not get water, so the community selected an area to irrigate to provide water for the animals.


Food – The Agriculture Committee has been working hard to continue their farming by preparing ground water for irrigation. The area has had a shortage of rain which makes it vulnerable to a drought.


Income Generation --  In addition to the established goat businesses, the Income Generation Group is now training villagers on how  to start and run other small businesses. They are starting to see very good and encouraging results.


Education – For the last one and a half years, the peace situation has not been good.  The expected funds for the children were not available so they could not go to school. This situation is difficult for the children.


Wellness – The Wellness Committee has taught the community different prevention methods to protect them from transmitted diseases. Women have been trained on how to keep their kitchens and kitchen materials clean, thus reducing the rate of disease.


Thank You!


GHNI National Field Leader