Dado Feyisa, from Ethiopia, lives close to Jaldu Epicenter. Dado was among the first participants of The Hunger Project’s Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA).
Dado dropped out of school at grade seven to take care of her five nephews after her brother passed away. She denied requests for marriage to continue to raise them safely. She says that it was difficult to be a woman and head of household because they are not treated equally in her community.
Dado has been actively engaged in the epicenter since the beginning of operations. She served as a chairperson on the saving and credit committee and is currently a member of the Epicenter Committee working on facilitation and implementation of projects in her village. She said that the VCA workshops has improved her self-esteem and ability to take on leadership roles at the epicenter.
According to Dado, the community has benefited from the demonstrations on different agricultural techniques. With improved potato seeds and fuel-saving stove that she purchased from the epicenter farm, she was able to apply the new techniques she had learned to increase the yield of her crops and food availability at home.
In the future, she looks forward to helping expand the Hunger Project’s programs in order to reach more people. She vows to “keep the momentum to assist the work against their own hunger and poverty.”