Abyssinian Fund Newsletter April 2012

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April 2012

“What I acquired from Abyssinian Fund was not only training, it was strength.” Kerima Abrahim is one of the farmers who participated in the training and she explains how much her life has changed since using the skills she learned to harvest her coffee plants. “This year, I have 5 quintals (500kg) of coffee beans. Before the training, I used to harvest a maximum of 3 quintals (300kg). I am grateful for the additional income I earn from the sale of more coffee. I now have the knowledge, resources and strength to better my livelihood. This is only the beginning.”
– Kerima Abrahim
March was Women’s History Month and the theme for 2012 was

Women’s Education & Women’s Empowerment.

We celebrate that the farming trainings help to educate and empower women of Chaffee Jenette, Ethiopia giving them a chance to improve their livelihood.
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The Abyssinian Fund Staff Spotlight

Gail Maynor is Abyssinian Fund’s Development Consultant. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is evident in the work she does to help Abyssinian Fund in its mission to reduce poverty. She has spent the past 19 years working in various senior development, management and consulting positions for exceptional non-profit organizations throughout New York and New Jersey. Gail plays an important role in helping to create and implement strategic plans and new development programs and initiatives that aide in The Abyssinian Fund’s continued growth and prosperity. Gail started her professional career as a kindergarten teacher in the Kansas City Missouri Public School system. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business. Gail is an integral part of the Abyssinian Fund team with her diverse knowledge and skills and a easy-going demeanor that is calming within the office.
Upcoming: On April 28, Reverend Richards will speak at the Building Sustainable Prosperity in Africa workshop for Charlotte Africa Business Week to discuss how Abyssinian Fund is helping to transform struggling communities in Africa.
News From Ethiopia

Farming tools save plants

Farming in Ethiopia is oftentimes difficult because the weeding, removing the coffee bean’s casing and digging out holes is usually done by hand because the farmers don’t have much access to farming tools. These are tedious tasks that take up a lot of time for the farmer. Time is sensitive when it comes to harvesting the coffee plant as farmers work against the clock to keep the plants safe from pests, unfavorable temperatures and mold. With the tools, provided as part of the training, farmers learn how to properly use them on their plants which helps increase their production.

An assortment of tools used daily on the coffee plants
Coffee farmers using the “Qoto”, a tool used for cutting big weeds
A farmer using a traditional ladder to reach the tops of his coffee trees
Two farmers shoveling out a hole for their coffee plant


“Bet you didn’t know” the price for a shovel is $10, the same 
amount of money the coffee farmers make per week. 
A shovel and other farming tools are crucial to helping the farmers harvest 
their plants more quickly and efficiently. 
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Nicholas S. Richards
Posted by: abyorgadmin on April 19, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
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