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.
Jul 29, 2010

Pathfinder Enables 37 Girls to Attend School

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN ETHIOPIA

Through the generous gifts provided by Global Giving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer 37 additional scholarships to Ethiopian girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.

Name: Rahel Misrak Grade: 10 Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.

Name Weinshet Zewdie Grade: 9 Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother, who has few financial resources.

Name Eyerusalem Getachew Grade: 10 Background: Eyerusalem is an orphan and her residence has been unstable. She has been moving from one family to another seeking financial and emotional support.

Name Yalemwork Zewge Grade: 9 Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship offers her an educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.

Name Kalkidan Tesfaye Grade: 9 Background: Kalkidan’s father passed away and soon after her mother disappeared. She has been living with her uncle, who has assigned her responsibility for all household chores.

Name Fikrte Tina Grade: 11 Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.

Name Meaza Solomon Grade: 9 Background: Meaza is an orphan, who is living in a local shelter. She has sole responsibility for taking care of her siblings.

Name Hameredigil T/medhin Grade: 10 Background: Hameredigil is also an orphan. She has been living with her impoverished aunt.

Name Filagot Bogale Grade: 10 Background: Filagot is an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Seblewongel Tariku Grade: 8 Background: Seblewongel is also an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Belaynesh Getaye Grade: 8 Background: Belaynesh is also an orphan and she is living with a poor foster family.

Name Haregewoin Abera Grade: 8 Background: Haregewoin is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Abaynesh Dagnachew Grade: 7 Background: Abaynesh is an orphan and is supporting herself as a day-laborer.

Name Feven Temesgen Grade: 7 Background: Feven is from a family that is very large and very poor.

Name Beletu Dagnachew Grade: 9 Background: Beletu is living with a mentally disabled mother.

Name Merartu Hadere Grade: 9 Background: Merartu is an orphan living with her poor uncle.

Name Abebu Taffa Grade: 8 Background: Abebu has lost both her parents.

Name Yemarwuha Tibebu Grade: 7 Background: Yemarwuha has lost both her parents.

Name Zeritu Haile Grade: 8 Background: Zeritu is from a very poor family.

Name Marshet Mekonnen Grade: 9 Background: Marshet earns an income by selling lottery tickets. She lives with her mother, who has very limited resources.

Name Yenensh Gashaw Grade: 9 Background: Yenesh is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name F/Mariam Chefike Grade: 10 Background: Mariam is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Tigist Geresu Grade: 8 Background: Tigist has lost her father and is living with her very poor mother.

Name Tigist Bolcha Grade: 8 Background: Tigist is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Firehiwot Zenebe Grade: 7 Background: Firehiwot is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Netsanet Enawgaw Grade: 7 Background: Netsanet is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Enatenesh Anley Grade: 9 Background: Enatenesh is also an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Genet Teshager Grade: 9 Background: Genet is an orphan earning a living as a housemaid.

Name Abebu Kegne Grade: 8 Background: Abebu is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Liyu Wube Grade: 7 Background: Liyu is an orphan earning her living as a housemaid.

Name Wosen W/Deres Grade: 8 Background: Wosen is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Gete Habte Grade: 10 Background: Gete is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Woinshet Hailu Grade: 10 Background: Woinset is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Hanna Sette Grade: 8 Background: Hanna is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Tiruwork Arega Grade: 8 Background: Tiruwork is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Ehitiye Teshager Grade: 8 Background: Ehitiye is an orphan and is supported by volunteers.

Name Beliyu Seifu Grade: 7 Background: Beliyu is an orphan living with a foster family. She works as a housemaid.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION

As previously reported in December 2009, Pathfinder offered scholarships to four girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these students.

Yematu Kass: Yematu was promoted to grade 10 with good results ranking 14th among 57 pupils in her class. She is working hard to pass the grade 10 national examination, which is the key to joining the preparatory school for tertiary education.

Marenawit Azarias: Marenawit was promoted to grade 10 level with good results. She is working hard to improve her academic rank. She has been advised to work hard for success in her grade 10 national examination, as it is essential for joining the preparatory school for tertiary education. In her 1st semester of grade 10, Marenawit improved her class academic ranking by 7 steps.

Saron Alemayehu: Saron was promoted to grade 10 with very good results, ranking 3rd among 74 pupils in her class. She significantly improved in her academic work and is using her full potential to succeed in the grade 10 national examinations, which will be held in April 2010. She regards herself as a model for her siblings.

Ruth Shume: Ruth was promoted to grade 10 with good results, ranking 7th among 55 pupils in her class. She is preparing herself to attend the grade 10 national examination, which will enable her to join the preparatory school for tertiary education.

In addition to academic scholarships, Pathfinder provides these young women with social support and important information on reproductive health. The girls are offered trainings on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as life and leadership skills and they are active participants in these workshops. Working with local partners, Pathfinder convened the parents of the scholarship girls to specify the purpose of the scholarship support for their daughters and the need for appropriate utilization of school supplies, transport, uniform, bed sheets, blankets, sanitary materials and other materials provided. Pathfinder closely monitors the students’ academic results and provides them additional academic support, if needed. The students have developed their own motto: “I CAN DO AND SUCCEED.”

Jul 29, 2010

Pathfinder Supports Income Generation in Ethiopia

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES TEN NEW LOAN GRANTEES FOR INCOME GENERATION

Thanks to the generous support from Global Giving donors, Pathfinder is pleased to announce the addition of ten new entrepreneurs to its project in Ethiopia. With the ability to generate income and save profits, these women can better protect themselves and their families against health emergencies and changes in food security. They are now able to make investments for the future, including the education of their children.

Name: Etagegn Bika Background: Etagegn is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is supporting three children and is very poor. She is engaged in the injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin a business.

Name: Simegne Tadesse Background: Simegne is a widow and is very poor. She is planning to launch an injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin a business.

Name: Worknesh Aigoda Background: Worknesh is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is engaged in the injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin the business that will support herself and her two children.

Name: Rawda Turga Background: Rawda is a widow and the sole provider for her five children. She is planning to launch an injera and local bread-making business. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business.

Name: Abaynesh Tollo Background: Abaynesh is a widow supporting her five children. She has attempted to run a business to support her children but lacks the seed money. Support from Pathfinder will enable her to begin a vegetable trading business.

Name: Woinshet Sisay Background: Woinshet is also engaged in the vegetable trade, but is struggling to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from the small business. She is supporting four children.

Name: Mulu Agi Background: Mulu is a widow and a single mother of seven children. Support from Pathfinder will help her succeed in the vegetable trade.

Name: Ketsela Mengistu Background: Ketsela is a widow with four children. She is engaged in the vegetable trade.

Name: Neima Mohamed Background: Neima is engaged in the grain trade, but is struggling to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from this business.

Name: Etenesh Yalew Background: Etenesh is a widowed single mother with three children and is engaged in the vegetable trade. With support from Pathfinder, she will have the initial funds to begin a business to support the family.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES

We are also pleased to announce that 13 Ethiopian women have begun income generating projects with support from generous Global Giving donors. Overall, the funds have enabled many of the women to leave the dangerous and exhausting business of firewood collection to pursue more lucrative, safe, and sustainable businesses in a variety of areas, including making and selling Injera (a traditional Ethiopian bread) and selling charcoal, grain, butter, and other items. As a result of their new ventures, many of the women are recording profits and have since been able to open savings accounts, which offer increased security for the women and their families. Moreover, the women report that their ability to yield profits in their new businesses has helped them to play a more active role in their communities. By demonstrating their capabilities, they garner respect in society and develop the confidence to address their needs and pursue opportunity.

Alemush Girma, a 40 year old divorced mother, began a charcoal selling business through Global Giving donations. She has radically improved her living conditions since leaving the firewood business. She states “These days I am very happy, I am very motivated for work as I am able to move here and there and feed myself with the grant I got... I am able to use my capacity for such work.” She now has savings, which she deposits in a bank account, and has become involved in the social affairs of her community.

Jul 14, 2010

Pathfinder Supports New Entrepreneurs!

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES EIGHT NEW LOAN GRANTEES FOR INCOME GENERATION

Thanks to the generous support from Global Giving donors, Pathfinder is pleased to announce the addition of eight new entrepreneurs to its project in Ethiopia. With the ability to generate income and save profits, these women can better protect themselves and their families against health emergencies and changes in food security, and are more able to make investments for the future, such as in the education of their children.

Name: Worknesh Aigoda Background: Worknesh is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is engaged in injera (a traditional Ethiopian bread) and local bread making business. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business.

Name: Rawda Turaga Background: Rawda is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is planning to launch an injera and local bread making business. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business.

Name: Abaynesh Tollo Background: Abaynesh is a widow and she supports her five children. She has attempted to run a business to support her children but lacks the seed money. Support from Pathfinder will enable her to begin a vegetable trading business.

Name: Birhan Demewoze Background: Birhan is a single mother with four children. She is engaged in the used cloths trade to support her children’s education.

Name: Etenesh Yalew Background: Etensh is a single mother with five children and is engaged in the vegetable trade. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business to support the family.

Name: Beletu Baineso Background: Beletu has four children and is the head of the household. She has no other source of income and is certain that the Pathfinder-supported vegetable trading activities she begins will enable her to support her family.

Name: Woinshet Sisay Background: Woinshet is also engaged in the vegetable trade, but is failing to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from the small business.

Name: Neima Mohamed Background: Neima is engaged in the grain trade, but is failing to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from this business.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES

We are also pleased to announce that 13 Ethiopian women have begun income generating projects with support from generous GlobalGiving donors. Overall, the funds have enabled many of the women to leave the dangerous and exhausting business of firewood collection to pursue more lucrative, safe, and sustainable businesses in a variety of areas, including making and selling Injera (a traditional Ethiopian bread) and selling charcoal, grain, butter, and other items. As a result of their new ventures, many of the women are recording profits and have since been able to open savings accounts, which offer increased security for the women and their families. Moreover, the women report that their ability to yield profits in their new businesses has helped them to play a more active role in their communities. By demonstrating their capabilities, they garner respect in society and develop the confidence to address their needs and pursue opportunity.

Alemush Girma, a 40 year old divorced mother, began a charcoal selling business through Global Giving donations. She has radically improved her living conditions since leaving the firewood business. She states “These days I am very happy, I am very motivated for work as I am able to move here and there and feed myself with the grant I got... I am able to use my capacity for such work.” She now has savings, which she deposits in a bank account, and has become involved in the social affairs of her community.

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