A decade ago, Askal Halefom couldn't support her family of 6 without food assistance. Now, she doesn't need it. Working in the MERET programme, she began planting fruit trees on her land, and is now able to produce several crops of different commodities per year -- some to eat, and some to sell. She's invested the proceeds to start a small business selling drinks, and has been able to buy a cow. "Now, I have everything I need," she says. "My children are studying hard to live better than the way I do, and I'm assisting them."