September marks the start of the school year, the beginning of a new chapter for learning and improving and in Ethiopia the same is true. This month, a new group of coffee farmers participate in training, joining the 800 farmers who have already benefitted from the experience. The advanced farming techniques, such as picking only red coffee seeds, watering the plants properly and building a coffee bean nursery, which will be completed this November, help farmers to increase the quality and market price of their coffee. These enhancements motivate farmers to continue improving their skills so they can provide more for themselves, their families and their community. This coffee is a testament to how the Education & Empowerment of one farmer can help transform an entire village.

Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Nicholas S. Richards
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We are excited to announce the generous $20,000 donation we received! This money will go toward funding the training of more female farmers in Chaffee Jenette. To date, more than 30% of the coffee farmers we've trained are women. These skills give women the opportunity to transform their lives and ensure their livelihood.
This July, a group of high school students from the Harlem nonprofit, International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), visited Ethiopia for the first time and stopped by The Abyssinian Fund farms. The students studied the Ethiopian farming culture and observed their agricultural process. One student, Yasemin, was so inspired by the trip that she decided to share her story:
The ride to the farm was like an episode out of The Wild Thornberrys, very bumpy and adventurous. It was a scary and exciting experience with heavy rain and hail. The roads were slippery and the cars were sliding around. Our car got stuck in the mud for about an hour so we all worked together to get it out.

When we finally reached our destination, the whole village came out to greet us. The children ran up to us and held our hands. They showed us around to the river where the community gets their water as well as the fields of coffee plants. I was expecting to see something like farms you see here in America, with rows and rows of crops and plenty of animals but there weren't nearly as many plants as you might see on a farm in the US. After that, we enjoyed the dinner of goat and injera bread prepared for us by the Chaffee Jenette community, sang songs, and then settled into our sleeping bags for the night. It was a great bonding experience with our group because we all got to be together and see so many new things. It was definitely an experience like no other.

The Abyssinian Fund has the chance to win $250,000 from Chase Community Giving! If we win, this means more funding for training sessions and securing a thriving coffee business for the community in Chaffee Jenette. Vote Now through September 19 by clicking on the photo below. Thank you!

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