Project information

Alshoni womens coop Flour Mill and Honey Farm

Provide milling services to the local community, customers will be able to bring grains, to be milled at the facility,these will then enable surplus milled flour, to be sold, in addition the group are to develop the honey making element, to enable growth and create sustainable living and working.

Ongoing project to develop and build within the community

Charity information: Action Ethiopia

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  • Need


    There are currently no milling services within this area, jobs are limited and income therefore low and a struggle, the only alternatives currently for families is to manually mill, or to travel 15km, this takes away time, from learning, and developing the business skills we continue to put into place, developing the agriculture and taking care of their families, with this project we are enabling people to live their lives, develop and build business and care for and feed their families.


    Given the importance of milled grain a mill in the area and honey farm, will provide invaluable time and life saving service to the local community. It will create jobs for the women, who would otherwise lack access to employment and provide an opportunity to generate income within the women's cooperative. Some of the income generated will be set aside for further group development, this will empower the community to address some of the needs directly without the need for outside assistance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish the mill as a productive resource for the womens cooperative


    » Develop the mill as a working mill for all of the community, with onsite staff and monitoring.
    » Train the women's cooperative in all aspects of milling, and support through the staff within Ethiopia
    » Provide education on Hygiene and food production, as the project develops continual support with the growth of the mill and the business.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an established mill and honey farm providing employment and food for the W omens cooperative and their families

    Aim 2

    Develop and educate the womens cooperative to learn basic business skills and ongoing development.


    » Provide a business for the community and help the beneficiaries in ongoing employment and future sales, by providing ongoing support.
    » Provide onsite training and education and learning with staff in place.
    » Support with basic accountancy and financial management by training and staff within place

    What success will look like

    Success will be an established mill and honey farm effectively run and pass on knowlege gained to future employees and community and cooperative members.

    Aim 3

    Provide an ongoing food source for the community and a sales business for the surplus grain.


    » Assist the womens cooperative in identifying quantities of grain, how to store and how to save seed and grain for forth coming harvests.
    » Support the Honey farm by developing a seasonal plan alongside the community to harvest and store the honey for consumption and sales.
    » Regularly monitor and evaluate activities progresses and accordingly report to stakeholders (donors, GO line offices, Community Leaders)

    What success will look like

    Success will be everyone working together seen in effective and harmonious communication, implementation by communities, government offices and project staff.

  • Impact


    The project will bring a resource and opportuinty for all of those within the community that at the hardest of times, there will be food available, and a source of income for those that will struggle to feed and support their families.


    Drought; previous experience in the area through the creation and sustaining of seed banks to ensure crops are planted.
    Political; Government requirement to attend training reducing time for project activity. Previous experience and good relations with local government staff has lessened problem


    Effective and experience sister organisation in Ethiopia would provide physical and financial reports quarterly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £56,187

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,332 building survey, mobilisation, training and tools
      £21,504 HDW Training and storage
      £10,428 HDW Transport and skilled labour
      £10,693 Staff Project Staff
      £7,230 Monitoring M&E. admin,accounting and reports
  • Background


    Meserete Wogeram were the Alonshi Womens cooperative is based is an isolated area of Ethiopia the closest resource for grain making is 15km away, populated with many families with small children and elderly it is essential that a resource within this area continues to be developed.


    There are approximately 1500 households that will potentially use the mill, the milled grain and legumes are the main staple in the majority of the populations diets, the women's cooperative will benefit greatly which will then have an impact on the majority of the community and their families, enabling them to provide food, income and stability for the future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SUNARMA has worked in this area of Ethiopia for the first phase of this project. It is well known and respected being the largest of only two NGO's working in the area.
    SUNARMA has a local office with head office in Addis Ababa and experience staff. SUNARMA Ethiopia has two other projects and a support network based in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shiferaw Dibaba

    Shiferaw will lead the project in the field and has done this since 2006. He is an effective operator with experience in water and sanitation.

    Amare Kebede

    The chief executive in Ethiopia with 30 years experience in rural project management. Well know by goverment at high levels.

    Piers Langdon

    Based in the UK with with professional and residential links to Ethiopia and able to communicate directly. Piers heads up the UK support.