This week several bloggers have gone to Ethiopia with World Vision as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign. As part of this project they are meeting some amazing women who have played a vital role in helping a nation overcome hunger.
It’s women who have taken to their gardens in Ethiopia, who have started small businesses. It’s women who have banded together in solidarity to start thriving enterprises. The idea of ‘mumpreneur’ takes on a whole new meaning in the region – and it’s working.
I was lucky enough to ask one of these ladies, Kuri, a bunch of questions about her life and the challenges she faces. World vision staff relayed the answers back to me and here is her inspiring story.
Kuri Negenasa is 55
Children: Sisay, 35 M. Mulugeta, 28 M. Mekonon, 27 M. Workalemahu, 25 M.Leeltnesh, 20. Adanech, 19 M. Besutekod, 14 M Grandson – Eul M
I’m married and I live with my husband and seven children. I wanted to change my life, so I became involved with this group to make injera. My grandson lives with me with his dad, who’s my son. His wife is not around anymore.
I used to be a roadside tailor. I was doing small things, like selling tea and coffee, dry foods – even soft drinks – around my home. One of my sons, Mulugeta, is employed in a small business and my husband is on a pension. He was in the military in Somalia for 11 years and only recently came back. I didn’t know if he was dead or alive – but he’s come back.
I was going to the local administration one day where people gather and one of the ladies told me they were organising a group for people who had no job, and then they invited me in. That was four years ago.
I like the team here and being together with other people – I was at home alone before. I earn a monthly salary and I support myself and my kids. My husband’s pension salary was not enough for the family. Now I’m helping myself and the family.
A mum has the major role in the family. The dads, if they’re able, bring some money and resource to the family. That’s it. The role is finished there. But looking after children? All the work inside the home – whether the children are fed, whether the children are clothed, whether the children are going to school – that’s the role of the mum.
I raised my children for 11 years without my husband around. I was the one doing everything, I have tried many, many things to try to fill father’s role. I was bringing in fire fuel outside of Addis and selling it. I have tried painting. I was doing hard labour in construction. I have tried almost everything so that I can support my kids. My role is the major one.
The role of a mum is everything.
Thank you so much Kuri for sharing your story.
What can you do to help?
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