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  • MEDA - Rommy: "The potential to be successful" (Nicaragua)
    Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Rommy The potential to be successful Nicaragua In Nicaragua entrepreneur Rommy makes custom wood closets and kitchen furniture using Chilean mahogany and cedar With five employees already he is dedicated to using this business opportunity to help support his family his mother brother and five year old daughter In the past six months Rommy has become a client of MiCredito MEDA s microfinance partner in Nicaragua He invested most of his loan in machinery for his shop The government seeing his business as a promising enterprise has provided a grant Customers place orders with Rommy himself who offers ideas and suggestions on construction and design I work directly with clients Rommy explains He has promoted his craftsmanship in his community through word of

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1533-rommy-the-potential-to-be-successful-nicaragua (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Melkamu: Cultivating his own way (Ethiopia)
    in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Melkamu Cultivating his own way Ethiopia Before farmer Melkamu Ayana joined MEDA s EDGET Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade project he used to cultivate his rice crops traditionally by broadcasting I would sow the seed by cultivating the land only once he admits Once I cultivated the land I would sow the seed through broadcasting With this method the weeds grow faster than the seed The weeds and the grain grow together making weeding difficult and time consuming Now Melkamu can see the advantages of row planting which he learned through EDGET With space between rows he can easily pick weeds without stepping on the rice plants It s easy for me to walk through the row and I can use my hands completely to weed the plants Melkamu used to apply fertilizer with the broadcast method Now he and other EDGET farmers

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1464-melkamu-cultivating-his-own-way-ethiopia (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Reshat: "Confident about the future of my business" (Ukraine)
    Project Before beginning my farming business I had to take on various jobs in order to give my family the best life possible I was unsatisfied with this fragmented work because nothing resembled a serious profession and I felt very unstable I liked the idea of agriculture because it is good honest and hard work With the help of my uncle I began growing greenhouse vegetables In our area I did some small scale consolidations with other farmers and due to my central location I naturally became the leader of an informal group of 7 Project Activity UHDP staff asked me to be a lead farmer because of my experience leading my small group With the help of the Project we installed a cold storage unit and a Measurement Information System MIS on my property for the group The Project found traders for us to work with and since then I have maintained these relationships Traders now come directly to me and say how much produce they need and how it should be packaged Then I communicate that back to the group and organize the collection and sale Outcome Thanks to the Project I have one full time job and I am able to work in a professional way Now I negotiate with traders and actively facilitate my group s consolidation The MIS not only allows me to predict adverse weather conditions but it also lets me see up to date market prices helping me track my sales and plan for optimal efficiency I have doubled my crop area tripled my income and I can provide a stable quality of life for my family My group of 7 farmers has grown to 30 This keeps me very busy giving consultations and coordinating activities Also I really appreciate the monthly Project

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1448-reshat-confident-about-the-future-of-my-business-ukraine (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Natalia: Cultivating a future (Ukraine)
    back to the Zaporizhzhya oblast to work as a kindergarten and gym teacher but I felt that there was no room to grow in this field When my greatgrandfather moved to Zaporizhzhya years ago he said he was bringing his family to abundance and I feel as though it is the wish of my ancestors for me to work this land A friend told me about the many opportunities of the Project I took it as a sign to start cultivating medicinal herbs which had always been a part of my life as a child athlete and caretaker Project Activity The project gave me ideas and confidence the well founded idea that medicinal herbs can be profitable and the confidence that comes with knowing how to do things right I grow Lemon Balm Calendula Catnip Thyme Tarragon Oregano and Mint on 0 5 hectares I often go to seminars in Crimea run by the Umyut cluster to learn about the best way to cultivate and care for these herbs Since I have had such a positive experience with the Project I encourage others to cultivate medicinal herbs as well and I run field days on my property to show them how I only have a small territory so I know that in order to do this as a business it is essential to work together and consolidate The Project ultimately connected me with like minded people that see the value in medical herb cultivation and organic farming principles Along with 40 others in my community I formed an organic cooperative We are officially registered and our members have all gotten seeds but we are still experimenting with the best ways to operate Outcome I used to grow herbs for myself but the Project showed me how I could do it

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1447-natalia-cultivating-a-future-ukraine (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Farida Yasmeen: Facing challenges one step at a time (Pakistan)
    Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Farida Yasmeen Facing challenges one step at a time Pakistan I am successfully managing a working group of 35 experien ced embellishers who I link with different buyers and get orders from them says the emphatic 45 year old Farida Yasmeen A year ago Farida was grappling with life s misfortunes when she lost her husband in a suicide attack Every year scores of people lose their lives in heinous attacks on communities leaving those who re left behind without a sustainable source of income Soon after tragedy befell once again and Farida s two children succumbed to diabetes In an attempt to pick up the pieces she migrated from Peshawar a few months ago and now lives in Kanju Chowk Mingora It was at the start of 2012 when a team from LASOONA visited me and informed how the American People are helping the women embellishers of our area to establish small businesses and improve their incomes and lives Farida recalls The USAID Entrepreneurs Project of which Farida is now a part of links 300 Female Sales Agents like herself to diversified national markets as well as train women embellishers on business management Like any smart solution oriented entrepreneur Farida looks out for her fellow embroiders and regularly checks their work for quality Nobody had ever thought of strengthening women embellishers beyond the provision of needles and threads But here USAID was helping us from building our skills in different types of stitch work and colour

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1445-farida-yasmeen-fencing-challenges-one-step-at-a-time-pakistan (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Bakht Bibi: Dir’s Wonder Woman (Pakistan)
    you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Bakht Bibi Dir s Wonder Woman Pakistan She is a 27 year old woman who lives in a remote area within Upper Dir Batal Bala a small village situated on a harsh hilly terrain Her nam e is Bakht Bibi and a perfect life with no worries of tomorrow is a distant dream for her and her four children The 2010 flash floods washed away Bakht Bibi s only source of income the medicinal and aromatic plants MAP she collects in the wild as well as her collection tools With no money and no means to stand on her feet she felt helpless Triggered by militancy in 2009 and floods in 2010 the potential source of income through the collection and selling of MAPs was crippled significantly Understanding the economic needs of the area the USAID Entrepreneurs Project implemented a livelihoods recovery project for MAP collectors which was transformed into a long term value chain initiative as of July 2011 When I started working with the USAID Entrepreneurs Project I received a toolkit and training on proper collection and processing of MAPs This was helpful in giving me knowledge and skills on different MAP species and proper collection practices The toolkit helped me apply the skills I learned from the training Now I am aware of all the valuable species in the area and their market value said Bakht Bibi The assistance from the American People is also helping Bakht Bibi and 14 700 other female MAP collectors like her to raise their

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1444-bakht-bibi-dir-s-wonder-woman-pakistan (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Ma-ion: GROWing new opportunities (Ghana)
    to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Ma ion GROWing new opportunities Ghana Ma ion Akosie is a lead farmer in the far northwest corner of Ghana participating in MEDA s GROW project A couple of years ago her husband died leaving her and her six children to support themselves This past year she grew nine 50 kg bags of soybeans despite poor rainfall She is excited because even with a poor growing season she achieved her best year ever using the right seeds inputs and technical assistance She desires to give her kids the opportunity to become educated and sees her participation in GROW as the best way to achieve that She is in the process of selling her soybeans and despite already receiving an offer to sell them at a good rate she is exploring her options with other potential buyers as well I used to try farming but I didn t get anything from it But from PRUDA s sensitization on the GROW project I decided to try it Fortunately I was appointed as a lead farmer in my group I have participated in several trainings and have benefited from the trainings on agricultural extension and all those things I taught my group members and applied it on my own farm this year I have never in my lifetime gotten produce yield up to that point even though I used to farm larger acreages This is all despite the less than ideal growing season

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1443-ma-ion-growing-new-opportunities-ghana (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Anorboy: Credit Gone Wrong (Tajikistan)
    The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Email Print Anorboy Credit Gone Wrong Tajikistan Anorboy Piremqul presents a cautionary tale of how credit can go wrong if not administered well As head of a collective farm a decade ago he signed a group loan for 70 farm members to invest in an irrigation system A corrupt government official confiscated the property and it was not returned Anorboy fought in court but was forced to repay the group loan because it was all in his name After three years and selling off assets like his house and some land he paid off the sum and was debt free Much of his income is from agriculture but he and his family also depend on the migrant remittances that his son sends from Russia That was the story of Anorboy until this year when he accessed an IMON loan at the beginning of the season to invest in his onion planting Everyone else had the same idea and a bumper crop has resulted for many farmers Usually Anorboy would sell to traders who come to his farm and transport onions to Dushanbe the capital city This year however due to the market flooding there are no buyers At the time of the interview he was planning to pay for transportation of his crop to Dushanbe and sell at a loss there Market instability has increased his vulnerability especially because he only invested in one crop where prices have since plummeted While he hopes to repay his IMON loan this year he s not sure where it will come from While they await more remittances from

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-blog-stories-from-the-field/client-stories/1075-anorboy-credit-gone-wrong (2016-02-17)
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