From a handful of Quinoa seeds (0.2kg) which she received from the RESET II project a year ago, Ayale has harvested about 80 kg of quinoa on her first harvest. This is a great success for her and for the community. "Even if my son prepared the land for me I was with him throughout the harvesting process to make sure I earned as much kilo as possible" explains Ayale while carrying what she has produced with the help of another person.
Ayale, known in the area for being a strong female farmer, has harvested the highest kg of Quinoa throughout the project. "There was a shortage of rain this year. I sowed barley, sorghum, haricot bean and Quinoa and it was from the quinoa harvest that I got a better yield" explains Ayale. Unlike other cereal crops Quinoa needs a small amount of rain to survive after being planted.
Ayale’s life has never been easy. She lost five of her children several years ago, "I gave birth to six children but only one is alive. All of them died during their childhood" explains Ayale with a sign of deep sorrow in her eyes. Currently Ayale lives with her son and two of her grandchildren. She has experienced a lot of hardship and sorrow in her life, but keeps fighting and enduring to take care of her family.
"I am waiting for DCA staff to buy my product. I weighed my harvest twice and they told me it is about 80 kg" says Ayale with a proud smile and big hope in her face.