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Bale lowlands DRR pilot Project

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Start project:
  • 2018
Donors:
  • Kerk in Actie
Partners:
  • Inter-Church Org. for Development Coop.

This project is jointly implemented by a consortium of 3 organisations: ICCO-EECMY-HUNDEE. This 1,5 year pilot will focus on trials aimed at enabling farmers become more resilient to climate shocks. The interventions include conservation farming, small-scale irrigation development, drought resistant crop production, and other Income Generating Activities (e.g. restaurant groups, petty trade, solar energy technologies, etc.). Farmer groups will also be provided with business coaching, to better their entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore the project will aim at strengthening community institutions and strengthening community-based early warning mechanisms for disasters. Below an overview of the project goal, specific objectives & results is given. Project Goal: Enhanced community resilience to Climate Change Impacts through Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction Specific objectives (SO): 1. SO1: Creating better climate smart livelihood opportunities for 295[1] households (at least 50% direct beneficiaries will be female) at the end of 2018 where each will be able to generate a minimum average income of 1500 Eth Birr/month as the result of project interventions Result 1.1: Seven profitable business opportunities (enterprises) identified and a total of 295 households capacitated to explore the opportunities by organizing small enterprises groups Result 1.2: Creating/Strengthening conducive environment for micro rural enterprises 2. SO2: Establishing/Strengthening Community Institutions Result 2.1: Promoting SHGs for women economic empowerment 3. SO3: Strengthening local institutions capacity and early warning system to facilitate robust early warning and DRR information sharing and working on best lessons sharing/promotion Result 3.1: Effective community based early warning system established/strengthened Result 3.2: Ensuring effective early warning data gathering and sharing Result 3.3: Best lessons shared and promoted Only one person will be targeted per household

The objective of this project is to create better climate smart livelihood opportunities for 295 households (at least 50% will be female; 1770 people). By end of 2019 each household will be able to generate a minimum average income of 1500 Eth Birr/month. The project will promote entrepreneurship skills among pastoral and agro-pastoralist communities and strengthen disaster risk reduction structures and early warning systems.
This project is jointly implemented by ICCO, EECMY DASSC and HUNDEE

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VSLAs creates better condition

With a plot of farming land and few ruminants, family sustaining for Nuriya Hussen and her husband always fell short, because of recurrent drought that hit production and endanger the livestock situation. The reward from the farm and ruminants were never enough to feed 6 children and her husband. Nuriya lives in Danisa Karkaro kebele of Madda Walabu district in Bale Zone, Oromia Region. Of the districts 134,374 inhabitants, 30% are dependent on all year food rationing and women are particularly carrying the burden of drought induced cracked social environment. The response to overcome for Nuriya was not to wait for external food rationing, but to get organized in self help groups. In 2018, a consortium of IDRR by ICCO, Hundee and EECMY-DASSC with the financial support of KIA began activities in Mada walabu district. Hundee facilitated the establishment of VSLAś through awareness creation, bringing women of similar background together, training on VSLA management. Mrs. Nuriya joined in hoping that, organized in a group for saving and loan would boost her access to involve in small business with loan to increase family income and secure better living conditions. After being organized in Biftu VSLA group, and getting trained on entrepreneurship, business management skills and operational modality, Mrs. Nuriya started to save weekly 20 ETB and actively taking part in the group. Biftu VSLA was established in 2018, at which women were organized in a group to capitalize Social involvement and leadership skills besides the saving and round loan. In the first round loan, Nuriya was able to get a loan of 500 birr, with which she started a small business on market days, two days per week. She started buying grain from first hand producers a few kilometers from kebeleś town to provide for market on the same date. On one market stay, she would earn a profit of 200 birr with which she also engage on non market days. On the second round, Nuriya got a loan of 1000 birr, with which she scaled up the amount and type of grain she was trading with repaying the loan. The business continues to grow well with promising reward. She hopes to scale up the saving to maximize the loan and step to the next level of saving and credit association with the group. "To be organized in self help group is an opportunity for us to get start up capital in bussiness, most of our members, who were never involved in business are now active in making money. This contributes significantly to improve the living conditions of my family and education for my children" said Nuriya. Nuriya is one of the women who have benefited from the IDRR project led by ICCO to build community resilience through creating opportunities of optional livelihood for drought affected community. In addition to its support to livelihood diversification, it strengthens community institution for sustainable resilience building. In 2018 the project organized 20 self help groups in four different kebeleś in Madda Walabu, Danisa Karkaro, Barisa, Hara Haji and Hara kore. Under different livelihood option in the pilot project including 400 women organized in self help groups, around 695 HH benefited from the project, with 80% of them being women. ̈ ̈To be organized in group for saving and loan, substantially helps economically marginalized women with no access to credit services to start business as livelihood diversification under drought impact and this creates an opportunity to involve in diversified means of income to the family” said the Community facilitator. When the first self help group was established in Madawalabu as part of the project, there were women groups with different purposes in other kebeleś. Currently Village saving and loan association serve the women for advancement in different dimension. This group was awarded with the presence of district administrator for best performing in saving, revolving the money and changes in the life of members.

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