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Community relationships

Community relationships

The farmers in the local community of Alubo were very grateful for the loans they received from Besu Eji. Zelalem has established a strong relationship with community leaders, and we hope the relationship with this community (and hopefully others too) will continue long into the future...


Oxen

Oxen

Most oxen in the local area have died in recent years due to disease. Because they are very expensive to buy, farmers have therefore been forced to plough their fields by hand. With the help of loans from Besu Eji, the farmers have been able to buy new oxen, allowing them to once again plough large areas of land efficiently. Plus, they will fatten them and sell them at a profit at the end of the harvest.


Livestock

Livestock

Abdulminiam, head of the local Woreda Agriculture Bureau inspects some of the oxen purchased by groups of farmers using Besu Eji loans.


Goats

Goats

Goats are one of the most important animals for Ethiopian farmers. Reasonably affordable to buy, it is possible to build a herd fairly quickly in the right circumstances. Goats are also very hardy (much more so than sheep), and can handle muddy conditions without problem. Through Besu Eji loans, the Alubo community was able to greatly increase its goat population. Through government-assisted fattening programs, the farmers should be able to realize a good profit from their investment.


Goats

Goats

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Animal House

Animal House

Because hyenas are common in the area, the Alubo farmers build shelters to protect their animals at night (and therefore protect their investment). They work hard to ensure the greatest chance of success.


Guard House

Guard House

Farmers face many threats to their crops and their animals. Baboons can destroy a field very quickly, not to mention hungry birds. Snakes and hyenas are a real threat to livestock. Farmers maintain a permanent watch over their farms to ensure everything is safe.


Seeds and fertilizer

Seeds and fertilizer

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Seeds and fertilizer

Seeds and fertilizer

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Seeds and fertilizer

Seeds and fertilizer

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Mango Hybrid

Mango Hybrid

Local farmers have a lot of knowledge and experience. This farmer is creating a hybrid mango plant from local clippings and clippings from another part of Ethiopia.


Comunity responsibility

Comunity responsibility

Although loans are issued to individuals, and individuals are responsible for repayment, looking after animals is really a community responsibility. Everyone in the community realizes the importance of livestock, and children from a young age become adept at protecting their animals.


Wekgari

Wekgari

Prior to receiving a loan from Besu Eji, Wekgari owned a cart which he used to rent to various donkey owners. He received a loan from Besu Eji to buy his own donkey, and now he uses his horse and cart to run a full time transportation business.


Tsehay

Tsehay

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Tsehay started to build rental accommodation next to her house. She didn’t have enough money to finish the construction, so she borrowed money from Besu Eji to complete the work. She is now earning good rental income from her property. Once she has repaid her initial loan, she hopes to take another loan to further improve the property.


Simachew

Simachew

Simachew used a loan from Besu Eji to open a shoe repair business. Very skilled at his trade, he has quickly expanded his shop and now has two employees. Once he repays his initial loan, his vision is to borrow more money in order to buy a stitching machine for quick shoe repair.


Meselech

Meselech

Meselech sells all kinds of bags in the local markets. Prior to Besu Eji, she would borrow from local shops and share her profits with them. Now, with an interest-free loan from Besu Eji, she is able to keep all her profits for herself. She is trying to expand her store by selling incense and other goods as well.


Roman

Roman

Formerly a waitress in a café, Roman decided she wanted to start her own business. A single mother with a child to support, she took a loan from Besu Eji in order to start a small shop of her own. She is very good at her business, and with the help of Besu Eji will continue to improve and expand her work.


All ideas are welcome

All ideas are welcome

Besu Eji does not try to tell its beneficiaries what type of business they should run. Instead, each participant provides their own business vision. All ideas are welcome! Besu Eji evaluates every idea on its merits, and helps to guide the participants towards true business success.


Farmers (photos coming soon!)

Farmers (photos coming soon!)

Besu Eji has just loaned money to 40 local farmers. The farmers are using the loans for a variety of important purposes:
- Purchasing hardy seeds
- Purchasing fertilizer to improve the soil
- Purchasing oxen, both for ploughing and for fattening


Fekadu and Bachu

Fekadu and Bachu

Fekadu and his wife Bachu took a loan from Besu Eji to start a brand new business. They buy cereals in bulk from Keshmando, and then sell them in the local markets. Currently they do not own their own shop, but they hope to repay their loan quickly and take another loan in order to establish their own premises.


Bogalech and Meseret

Bogalech and Meseret

Working as a team, Bogalech and Meseret took a loan from Besu Eji in order to start a soup restaurant. They used to the money to buy equipment and supplies, and to pay the initial rent on the premises. Their restaurant is very popular, and many customers can be seen there every morning and evening.


Turiye

Turiye

Turiye runs a private nursery in her home. She used a loan from Besu Eji to buy mattresses, curtains, pillows, and other materials needed to make a comfortable nursery. Her work is very much appreciated by local government workers, and she hopes to expand even further in the ffuture.


Abebe

Abebe

Abebe used a loan from Besu Eji to open a barber shop. He used the loan to buy equipment, decorate the shop, and to pay for other start-up costs. His business is doing very well – he now has a full-time employee working with him.


Zerhun

Zerhun

Zerhun used a loan from Besu Ehi to expand his small grocery store. He is diligent at loan repayment, and expects to repay his loan soon. When he repays his loan, will be able to receive a larger loan, allowing him to increase his business even further.


Zelalem

Zelalem

Zelalem is a very promising business man. Prior to his involvement with Besu Eji, he ran a very small grocery shop. With the help of a loan from Besu Eji he has greatly expanded his business and is becoming more and more successful every day.


Sukare

Sukare

Oil is a precious commodity in Assosa. Sukare buys different kinds of oil and then sells it in local markets. She took a loan from Besu Eji in order to expand her inventory.


Gebaynesh

Gebaynesh

Gebaynesh is a widow who sells spices in local markets. She buys expensive spices in bulk and then sells them in small quantities to individual buyers. She also sells charcoal from her house. She has taken loans from Besu Eji to expand her inventory. Very successful at her business, she has already paid back two loans and has recently received her third loan.


Kuku

Kuku

Kuku took a loan from Besu Eji to expand her marketplace stall. She buys potatoes and onions in bulk and sells them in small quantities to individual buyers. Prior to the Besu Eji loan, she borrowed from private individuals and shared her profits with them. Now, with her interest-free loan, she is able to keep her entire profit for herself.