Loko Abduba and her family live in the drought-prone Borana region of southern Ethiopia. They're cattle herders but severe droughts in recent years have devastated the pasture land the cattle feed on, leaving them weak and producing little or no milk. Many have died.
Loko joined a co-operative that SCIAF helped to set up her village a few years ago. The group learned how make soap using aloe vera plants that grow naturally in the area. They sell what they produce in the local market so they have an alternative source of income. Loko told us:
“With the profits we put some back into the co-op to save and we share the rest. With my share of the profits I gave some money to my parents. I also pay school fees, buy text books and food to eat.
“Thank you for stretching your hand to help us. We are striving to do our best. You have helped us already but please give what you can for others. Don’t stop your help.”
Through UK Aid Match, the UK government is funding our work with vulnerable cattle herders in Borana to help them to work their way out of poverty and cope better with climate change.
Thank you for stretching your hand to help us. We are striving to do our best. You have helped us already but please give what you can for others. Don’t stop your help.Loko Abduba