I highly suggest that ones and ones set up means of income in Shashemane before physically coming. I am learning this through experience, I should have made an investment that would make an income, instead of just bringing my savings and trying to start my outreach project. Now that I bought land and started building and planting on it, I see that the money I had saved is not enough to finish establishing the project on the level I want to. And the wages are very very low in Ethiopia, the only way to make a good living is to own the business, not be an employee. Some investments that are sure to give a solid return are transportation vehicles:
+ Bajaj... This is a small motorbike taxi with a sun shade on top and space for three passengers. The price is about 110,000 birr, about 5,000 USDollars. After paying for the gasoline and putting aside a small bit in case of need of repairs on the bajaj in the future, the daily income is going to be about 300 birr, if you hire a driver instead of driving it yourself, you are going to pay him about 100 or 150 birr each day, making your daily net income abour 150 birr.
+ Lada... Another taxi, but the normal car kind. The cost for the vehicle is going to be about 350,000 or 450,000 depending how nice the condition is. The daily income is hard to estimate because they dont have these in Shashemane yet... Not that I have seen. But in Addis the lada cost about 100 birr for a 10 minute drive, if the I can imagine that adds up fast... In Addis it is easy to spend over 1000 birr per day on lada, so I imagine their daily income is at least this much. But if u want to bring a lada to Shashemane you may have to lower the fare price, because Addis is expensive and people dont have as much cash in Shashemane. Again you have to pay the driver if you are not going to drive it yourself.
+ Minibus.. Usually this van holds 18 passengers at a time, and it can go to and from Addis/Shashe or Shashe/Awassa. The fare per person to Addis is 150 birr. The fare per person to Awassa is 20 birr I think. Depending which destination, the minibus can go twice per day or ten times per day. So the I can calculate the income based on which place the I want to go. Again the gas and the incident savings, and the driver's wage is going to be taken out of the gross daily income.
+ Dump truck.. This is a huge, metal vehicle, usually people use it to transport rocks from the quarry or cement blocks from the people who mix them, or to bring buna or fruits from Arbaminch to Awassa. The price is very high, about 1.2 million birr, but the monthly income is going to be at least 100,000 birr, maybe more.
I dont know why the transportation businesses seem to be some of the best options, maybe it us just who I am talking to, but I havent seen any other area of business that makes a solid wage for the amount of investment capital needed.
By the way the exchange rate from birr to dollar is about 23 to 1 now. Like I said I would try to set up some kind of business like this before coming to Shashemane, that way when the I forward there will already br a good income coming in.
Even working on your own land and just growing your food, the I still need a cash income because there is a yearly property tax for your land.
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