Case2Editor’s note: This is the second of seven case studies from the files of iDE Ethiopia which we’re posting here to spotlight the human reality that motivates our work and gives it meaning. The individuals featured in these vignettes are the true heroes in the fight against global poverty. 

Wado Edo, 50, is a resident of Abayi Deneba village in Adami Tulu woreda, Ethiopia. He has a family of twelve (4 females and 8 males), with only a one-hectare (2.5 acres) plot of land with which to earn an income to support them all.

According to Wado, his life has been improving since he bought a suction-only treadle pump on a loan basis through microfinance institutions with the support of iDE International Development Enterprises). Wado explains:

“Before adopting the technology, I used to grow maize by rain [once a year], which barely covered the needs of my family. After purchasing the pump and getting the necessary extension services, I covered about 0.125 hectare of my land with vegetables; kale, chili pepper, and onion and earned a total income of Birr 9,100.00 ($730) in four months’ time.

“At that time, it was too much for a poor family like ours. We have never earned such an amount throughout our family life. The income that I got from the first production gave me courage and helped me to expand my business. Now I have an ox. I can properly feed my children unlike the previous years. All of my children are going to school; I am helping one of my daughters apply to Jimma University, and I also rented a house for another daughter attending a high school in the nearby town of Tulu. I also have ambition to support her up to the highest level I can. It makes me to be self-reliant and my neighbors start to consider and respect me as hard worker. Moreover, we never before had access to relatively dirt free water that can be used for household consumption. Thanks be to IDE, I will work even harder to transform my life.”

After Wado began using the treadle pump, his total annual income included Birr 2,700 from chili pepper; 1,650 from kale; and 5,500 from onions, or Birr 9,850 ($730) all told. 

Wado’s cost of production for the year included the following:

  • Cale seed              Birr  15 
  • Chilly seed                     25 
  • Onion seed                  140 
  • Sprayer                        150 
  • Pesticide                      300 
  • Payments on pump   1,200 

Wado’s total production cost for the year was thus Birr 1,830. 

With the implementation of the suction-only treadle pump, Wado netted an additional Birr 8,020 ($594) from a single season of vegetable production.

One Response to “A treadle pump transforms the life of an Ethiopian farmer”

  1. Siddhartha

    Thanks to IDE for the intervention.Truely motivating and inspiring story of Wado Edo.Small is not only beautiful but also possible with innovation and creativity at the base of the Pyramid.


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