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Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:32

Value chain-: Making empowerment possible

Andinetis one of the 15 CLAs established in Jimma town in the year 2005/6 with membership of six SHGs. It has made accessible to its members a loan amounting to 165,000.00 birr over the last five years and most of the members have been engaged in their respective individual Income Generating Activities.

In year 2010 Andinet took a remarkable step that would really bring tangible changes in the lives of its members. It facilitated an external loan of Birr 120,000 from Oromia Microfinance institution to finance its member SHGs’ new project to bake and supply injera in bulk.

Having secured the funds, leaders/representatives of FC Jimma Project office and Andinet went to Jimma University and discussed with the management about the project and their interest to supply injera to the university on daily basis. The management agreed and Andinet has organized its six member SHGs to supply 3400 injeras daily for Jimma University. From this project the groups are getting a monthly total of 23,400 birr in sales revenue and benefiting about 84 women. In addition the CLA  facilitated securing of production compound from the Town municipality.

The Injera baking project representative W/ro Aselefech said “the challenge with this project leis on managing to have enough stock of teff and on dealing with the effects of the fluctuation in teff price resulting from inflation.

On the other hand, it has been a challenge for the South West Shoa Zone Farmers Marketing Organization, which harvests over a thousand quintals of teff

every year, to find a wholesale buyer for their teff. Through the value chain created between the two actors, the FMOs in South West Shoa zone have sold in whole to Jimma Andinet CLA project their teff harvested in the year. Meanwhile, FC has been exerting efforts to create another value chain involving another product. FMOs in Tiro Afeta woreda of Jimma zone annually harvest over 1050 quintals of soybean, which is known for its high nutritional value. Milk, Injera, porridge etc can be easily prepared from soybean. However, little is known about it and FC is making effort to raise the awareness of the community in this regard. As part of its market promotion segment, FC has been effective in creating a value chain for its soybean project. It believes the project would contribute much to ensuring food security in the region as well as to boosting the income of FMO members.

With this belief, FC supported two CLAs (Tsehay and Yabsira) to initiate the idea of planting a soya processing plant in Jimma town. Linkage was created with Harbu microfinance institution and purchased the plant from an Indian company. The owner of the plant is Kera area women organized under Tsehay and Yabisira CLAs which are found in Jimma town. These CLAs have been established in 2005 with 200 Members. Currently, the plant started soya milk processing having an expected amount of annual production capacity of 75,479 liters. FMOs in Tiro Afeta supply a soybean (i.e. a raw material to prepare soya milk) to the project. This project represents a perfect value chain from which all actors benefit. On the other hand, since September 2012, FC has been working on honey value chain development in three districts of Amhara region by targeting 7,300 women beneficiaries who are engaged or have potential to be engaged in honey production with the objective to bring women smallholder farmers gain equitable returns and take on new and leadership roles in economic enterprises along the honey value chain

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