Pathfinder International

Pathfinder's mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy sexual and reproductive life. We believe that reproductive health is essential for creating better opportunities throughout life. When people take charge of choices about when and how often to have children, they not only have the opportunity to lead healthier lives, but they also gain confidence and can better pursue their education, contribute to the local economy, and engage in their communities.
Dec 9, 2014

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women - Dec 2014

BACKGROUND 

Pathfinder International and its partner, the Addis Ababa Women’s Association, received funding from generous GlobalGiving donors to support low-income women to engage in income-generating activities (IGAs) to increase self-sufficiency and productivity. With the support of these donors, 97 low-income Ethiopian women have started their own businesses. Each woman was provided business skills training, in addition to information on issues like sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, family planning, HIV and AIDS, and harmful traditional practices. Beneficiaries are engaged in various types of businesses including poultry, small-scale restaurants, vegetable gardening, petty trade, animal fattening and dry foods preparation. Testimonials from beneficiaries demonstrated that GlobalGiving support continues to bring about positive change in the lives of these women and their families by providing household food security, the ability to send their children to school, personal satisfaction, and control over their own income.

UPDATE

For this reporting period, Pathfinder has paused expansions of our Income Generating Activities in Ethiopia, in order to accumulate more funding for project activities in the next quarter. While we were not able to recruit new beneficiaries, we followed up with the 30 women who were supported by GlobalGiving donors after their business was burned down, and are happy to report that their restored restaurant business is still thriving.  While they continue to face challenges, they convey their gratitude to our GlobalGiving donors for their generous help during their time of need. 

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Sep 9, 2014

Educate and Empower Ethiopian Girls- Sept2014

BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of dropping out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder has recruited 104 female students from poor families through its GlobalGiving project, Educate and Empower Ethiopian Girls. In total, 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region have received scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

 

UPDATE

This reporting period spanned Ethiopia’s rainy season, when schools are usually closed and the students go on holiday. Most of our GlobalGiving beneficiary students in the Amhara region and Addis Ababa traveled to see their families in rural regions located quite far from the school and major cities. In the meanwhile, we are expecting their test results to be released at the beginning of September, which is also the start of the new school year. In September, we will continue our financial support and sexual and reproductive health education to our beneficiaries. Once we get the results from testing, we will know where the students will be placed. Some students will move to other towns after completing their grade 10 studies to join preparatory classes or vocational schools far from their vicinity. Once we know this information, we will continue to support our female beneficiary students with financial support and sexual health education.


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Sep 9, 2014

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women Sept 2014

BACKGROUND 

Pathfinder International and its partner, the Addis Ababa Women’s Association, received funding from generous GlobalGiving donors to support low-income women to engage in income-generating activities (IGAs) to increase self-sufficiency and productivity. With the support of these donors, 97 low-income Ethiopian women have started their own businesses. Each woman was provided business skills training, in addition to information on issues like sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, family planning, HIV and AIDS, and harmful traditional practices. Beneficiaries are engaged in various types of businesses including poultry, small-scale restaurants, vegetable gardening, petty trade, animal fattening and dry foods preparation. Testimonials from beneficiaries demonstrated that GlobalGiving support continues to bring about positive change in the lives of these women and their families by providing household food security, the ability to send their children to school, personal satisfaction, and control over their own income.

UPDATE

Pathfinder was able to conduct follow-up visits to the 30 women who were supported by GlobalGiving donors, and found that their businesses are thriving with their group capital steadily on the rise. They continue to face challenges for growing their business, like shortages of kitchen equipment and utensils, but they are positive and hopeful for expansion in the future. The beneficiaries are in critical need of continued support, please consider supporting these income-generating activities.


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