Life has always been difficult for Mulu, having her husband be a member of the Ethiopian defence force; they struggled to maintain a household of seven on his single salary.
Living in the town of Selekleka, soon Mulu’s husband became demobilized and in attempts to do his best and provide for his family, he began working in casual construction which ended up being an unstable form of income and not enough to cover basic household necessitates.
Having always dreamt of one day owning and operating her own set of cattle, when the opportunity to gain some technical diary, financial literacy, cattle management and business management training was presented to Mulu she was in utter disbelief. In November 2017, Mulu completed her ‘Integrated Community Development Program’ and was linked to Debebit Credit and Saving Institution (DESCI) where she was able to obtain a 20,000 ETB loan and purchase a cow and feed.
Her cow delivered 3 calves and was able to produces 20 liters of milk a day- one litter worth 26-30 ETB. From her newfound success Mulu joined the milk collecting and marketing operation in her town. “I was only relying on my husband, never did I imagine I would be able independently generate income and contribute to our household… nothing is more empowering than being self reliant,” says Mulu.
Mulu is now gaining multiple benefits; at the household level and through financial gains. She’s started to use milk and milk products in her home, gaining nutritious benefits and furthermore earning income from the milk sales. “I’ve been able to repay my loan and go onto practice savings in different financial institutions- something I never dreamt would be possible.”