The state owned Ethiopian Sugar Corporation is creating a 70.000 hectares sugar plantation. The scheme extends across the Amhara and Benishangul regions and it is irrigated with water taken from the Beles river, a tributary of the Blue Nile.

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Dawit, the engineer
Working in the sugar project is an important step in his professional career.
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Ongoing works to expand the irrigation scheme

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Aynalem, Sugar scheme labourer
After graduation she moved to Beles in search for a job
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A truck brings the labourers to work

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Bizuayehu, Sugar scheme labourer
With the salary she earned she is now independent and she has plans for a better future for her family. However, her brother's experience differs.
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A new asphalt road under construction

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Hillina, coffee house owner
Hillina runs a coffee house in Fendika town. People working in the sugar project are her main customers.
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Yessalam, Cart owner
After his land was taken by the Sugar Project, Yesalam started a new job
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Regulator in the main canal

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Kasahun, Farmer
The land he received as replacement is too far away. So Babaye migrates seasonally to another region to farm his uncle's land.
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Alemitu, Farmer
When her husband moved to Benishangul region in search for land, Alemitu had to embark on new activities.
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