How camel milk became a golden engine in Somalia
It must be a weird feeling to Muse Warsame Xirsi, 80 years old. He started caring for camels at the age of fourteen, just like his father and grandfather. All this hard work has never paid off j until now: suddenly camel milk s turns out to be a lucrative business!
Mr. Xirsi says: “I used to walk my camels in this dry area and no one wanted to buy the milk.
Now we sell it
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Mr. Xirsi is one of fifteen camel herders participating in a Kaalo Foundation project. He comes from a typical nomadic family. He lives on milk and meat, the animals live on the little vegetation that grows in this arid landscape.
When the grass is not no longer there, the whole family packs their bags and heads for another place.
A civil war, but certainly also climate change, make it much more difficult as it gets hotter and drier in Somalia.
Camels were used to it, but now there is hardly any food to be found. And thin camels give little milk.
Permanent residence “Nomadic existence has in fact become impossible for these farmers, ”says Abdisalam Ali of the Kaalo Foundation. “We are now offering fifteen farmers and their families a permanent place to live, where the camels can be properly fed and receive enough water. “
With the support of Wilde Ganzen, milk tanks, steel milk cans and a van were purchased. Because camel herders cannot sell their milk in their own area, but in Garowe town several kilometers away there are enough people who would like to buy fresh camel milk.
So there are opportunities!
Farmers have implemented a cooperative, the camel’s milk is immediately cooled at home and transported to Garowe by van. Hope for a better future
“Now that our animals have a better food, they give more milk, ”says farmer Hamdi Osman Alule.
“Before, I had three camels which gave a few glasses of milk a day, now I have 21 camels which together give more than forty glasses of milk.
This is more than double the yield! And where I used to settle for 20 cents a glass, now I get a dollar a glass. A shop has been set up in the city, run by two women. Milk is in high demand, which also makes it a great job project. Mr. Xirsi can confidently pass his camels down to the next generation. There is hope again for a better future.