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Ethiopia: African Development Bank-funded water project spurs youth entrepreneurship, transforms “one life at a time.”

In a single day last July, Ethiopians turned out in huge numbers to plant more than 350 million trees in what was thought to be the largest tree-planting event in history.

It was part of an ambitious national reforestation program to plant 4 billion trees across 1.5 million hectares nationwide over three months.

Ethiopia’s “Green Legacy” tree planting blitz gave 19-year old Mamu Alemu an idea: to start a tree nursery on land next to his family’s home. An African Development Bank-funded water scheme in his town of Tefki gave him the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.