Case study: Mum's magical milk-producer
"I am happy and better today because I can feed my children." Afera, Ethiopia.
Afera Gebremedhine lives in Zerenga, northern Ethiopia, with her six children and husband Girmay, an injured war veteran who is unable to farm the land.
She was given a heifer by CAFOD which gave birth to calves a few months later. Afera's cows produce around eight litres of milk a day, which she uses to make butter to sell at the local market. With the money she earns, Afera is able to buy food for her family and pay for school stationery and clothes for her children. If there is any money left over, Afera puts it aside in a community saving scheme, which she hopes will allow her to build an extra room as her house is too small for her family.
"I cannot compare my life before and after this cow. My children have delicious food. I don't have to worry a lot whether my land is rented out or not. I can sell and buy food for my family", says Afera.