SHG member farmers
SHG member farmers

TDA in Supporting value chain addition & market access

TDA implementing "Supporting value chain addition & market access for SHG farmers’" project in Humbo and Abala Abaya districts; Wolaita Zone

since December 2018 in collaboration with Tearfund New Zealand and Tearfund UK to benefit 9,000(M3,150, F5,850 as directly and 45,000 (M15,750, F29,250) community members indirectly.

Project goals:

  1. Create market-focused self-help groups and market zones (CVM); Enable them to manufacture items that cater to the market and increase their revenue through their current companies;
  2. Implementation of new technologies that are more advanced in terms of post-production management and value addition;
  3. To boost production and productivity; to adapt farming to climate change; and to gain from the introduction of better value brands.
  4. They gather and keep their goods at market zone level and bargain rates with legitimate vendors to sell them so that they might profit in the long term.

Key results

  • 18 SHGs have established relationships with Savings and Loans. Each of them saved 20 thousand to 55 thousand birr.
  • 318 SHGs have created a plan centered on the market and worked to promote sales within their market zone. (Beans, Corn, Lablab, Cow peas, Pigeon peas, Mung bean etc.)
  • According to the calculation of income and cost analysis, 27 SHG groups that produced cassava together and added value to their goods had a profit of 634,500 birr.
  • By raising sheep and goats and selling them, 203 SHG groups generated a profit of up to 5000 Birr from each.
  • Twelve SHG groups by adding values of cassava they made a profit of 89,350 Birr.
  • By selling 31 quintal of cow peas for seed, they made 124,000 birr.
  • 5 SHG group members generated a profit of 135 000 by selling local vareities maize seeds.

In the budget year totally 510 SHG groups have, on average, saved 7,236,605 birr from interest and capital punishments; also 6,639 members also started to work in other additional income-generation activities. 

What we learned:

  • The ability to produce goods with a focus on the market, aggregate and sell all at once will result in higher profits.
  • Involvement of women in development initiatives is essential for success and sustainability
  • The cluster level model has the ability to transform the market from a commercial field to an agricultural field
  • It has been discovered that the market system begun for grain also generates market chances for other crops and pets.

Serving the whole person!