Training in Milk Sanitation and Hygiene Increases Income
|PRIME intervention results in higher incomes for pastoralists andquality milk for consumers||Adi Boru, like everyone else in Nura Gillo near Yabello Town in Oromiya Region, makes a living from livestock and crops. Making ends meet for the majority of her community is a struggle; this is especially true when rain is in short supply.Over the past years, Adi had to tryseveral kinds of side-jobs to feed her family. For example, she traded in “areke,” a home-made alcoholic drink. The business, however, turned out to be a dead end, generating no profits. Then, she tried milk. She bought milk from producers in her village and sold it in Yabello, making an average profit of about 30 birr (USD 1.5) a day.About a year ago, she met Gelgelo, who offered to buy her milk. Gelgelo is a sub-grantee of theUSAID-supported, Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion (PRIME)project. “It was an opportunity for more money, and there was no reason for me to decline,” says Adi. “But then, I never thought it was going to be a game changer”. In less than a year of partnership with Gelgelo, Adi started to reap the benefits of the partnership. Her daily income increased more than six fold,reaching200 birr (USD 10). This happened because ofthe knowledge and skills she obtained from a 4-day training in milk hygiene and sanitation, and an experience-sharing visit to Mama Milk Processing center, which PRIME facilitated for here and 12 other milk collector.In the training, Adi learned how to handle and transportmilk safely. Then, she imparted the knowledge to the milk producers in her village; that made a real difference in the quality of milk she sold. Adi says, “The difference in quality was so evident that some of my customers asked me how the flavor and odor of my milk changed for the better. That made me smile to myself.” In the past, very few people knew that milk could get them a decent income. But today, people know milk is a precious resource and they handle it as such.“As for me,” Adi says, “I dream of establishing a dairy processing plant as big as Mama Milk Processing Plant. ” Adi is not just dreaming. She and her fellow milk collectors are putting money aside. So far, Adi has saved more than 7000 birr (USD 350) from her profit. She has also bought three more cows, six goats and two donkeys. If her year-long experience is anything to go by, it is only a matter of time before Adi achieves her dream.
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“The difference in quality was so evident that some of my customers asked me how the flavor and odor of my milk changed for the better. That made me smile to myself.”