Recently returned from a year’s post-graduate study in the UK, Yasmin is our new Country Director for Ethiopia. Here’s what she had to say about life with our team.
What does your role involve?
I manage all aspects of Farm Africa’s Ethiopia programme, to ensure we attain the highest standards of delivery, effectiveness and value for money – so that the communities we work with get the best possible support.
Why did you choose Farm Africa?
Farm Africa works in areas that I personally love. We work on projects that make a huge difference to people’s lives and the environment. Our programmes also help to build tangible evidence that can inform policy and boost the capacity of local governments.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
There are two things that get me excited about coming into work every day. First is the knowledge that Farm Africa plays a direct role in improving the livelihoods of the communities we support. The second is working with a great team. We are always trying to spread positive energy by looking at the way we work together. It’s a constant learning curve, and one I’m enjoying.
What has been your most memorable experience so far?
I was recently inspired by a woman from the south of Ethiopia. She was part of our ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture’ programme, and was using her new skills to sell potato cuttings at the market. She’s now saved enough money to rebuild her home and pay for her children’s education. I can’t tell you how happy it has made us all, seeing her realise her potential.
If you could share a message with Farm Africa supporters, what would it be?
I’d like to say thank you. Your support goes towards so many fantastic achievements that come in many forms. You all play a vital role in our success.