Aster's land now produces almost ten times as much maize as before and she has been able to invest in other crops.
"I have been able to grow different fruits and edible plants such as mangoes, papayas, sugarcane, cassava and others, both for my family's consumption and for sale. I have also bought two cows which gave birth to two calves each. These cows are giving me and my family four litres of milk per day," Aster proudly explained.
Aster no longer has to carry heavy loads into town. The cooperative was able to build a flour mill in the centre of the village, just five hundred metres from her house.
"I have enough food on the table every day and I sent all my children to school," says Aster.
The efforts of the community, the government and World Vision have transformed the bare eroded hills into an ideal tourist attraction in the area. The forest has become home for monkeys, hyenas, wild pigs, leopards, gazelles, hares and varieties of birds.
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