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.
Mar 11, 2014

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women- March 2014

IGA beneficiaries at the re-constructed site.
IGA beneficiaries at the re-constructed site.

Pathfinder International

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women

GlobalGiving Report

December 2013 – February 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

As mentioned in our last report, GlobalGiving donors provided seed money to 15 women who lost their small dry foods preparation business—known locally as a Baltina shop—due to an accidental fire. This report period has seen significant progress made in recovering their business. 

The storehouse where our beneficiaries kept their dry goods has been re-constructed with financial resources collected through the coordination of the Woreda administration. Community members and other charity organizations contributed towards the re-construction of the house. With a restored space, the beneficiaries have been able to re-open their business by purchasing the necessary materials such as cooking dishes, utensils, tables, and chairs with funds donated through GlobalGiving. Excitingly, they have seen an increase in their customers. Additionally, the Addis Ababa Women’s Association is coordinating with the Woreda Micro-Finance Development Office to organize the beneficiaries into a cooperative group in order to attain legal status.Attaining this status will gain them access to ongoing training and loan services. This office also helps the women secure their workplace and provides other relevant support like market assessments—all of these services help them to build a sustainable business.

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Mar 11, 2014

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls- March2014

Training participants
Training participants

Pathfinder International

Educating and Empowering Girls in Ethiopia

GlobalGiving Report

December 2013 – February 2014

 

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 800 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

During this reporting period, thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors, eight of our existing secondary school students in Addis Ababa were given scholarship extensions to continue their education and avoid dropout.

In addition, three-day trainings in adolescent sexual and reproductive health were conducted for 31 girls in the Dera Woreda of the Amhara region. The goal of these trainings was to educate and train peer educators who can become mentors in their own communities. The trainee students were from two local high schools, with 20 of them being scholarship beneficiaries of Pathfinder’s GlobalGiving project. These trained adolescents will go into their communities as peer educators who will conduct outreach on topics like basic sexual and reproductive health information, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, life skills, gender, and harmful traditional practices. Other topics of interest were discussed at the trainings such as Pathfinder’s scholarship project, their academic performance, and strengthening the girls’ clubs. As a result, the girls witnessed an increase in their sexual and reproductive health knowledge and made a commitment to serve their peers in sharing what they learned from the training. 

Beneficiary presenting to a group at a training.
Beneficiary presenting to a group at a training.

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Dec 17, 2013

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women Dec 2013

Pathfinder International and the Addis Ababa Women’s Association

GlobalGiving Progress Report

Income-Generating Activities for Ethiopian Women Project

September- November 2013

 

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) and to empower them to become self-sufficient and productive. With the generous support of these donors, 97 low-income Ethiopian women have started their own business.  Each woman was provided with business skills training in addition to reproductive health information. 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

Local Woreda Ceremony

During this reporting period, the project focused on strengthening our existing and established IGA groups. In a recent local ceremony, the project transferred seed money (1,500 Birr) to 15 beneficiaries of an IGA group recruited this past summer. The ceremony was hosted by the woreda (district) administration, with woreda high officials present. The contributions of the GlobalGiving donors were acknowledged and beneficiaries praised their generosity, which came about during an especially challenging time in these women’s lives. As our donors may recall, one of our IGA groups, a small dry foods preparation business, suffered a setback when a fire broke out in their goods storehouse in May 2013. This new seed money will once again economically empower these women to re-establish and rehabilitate their business. The women are doing their best to revive their work and regain their previous customers. However, they still lack equipment like a refrigerator and electrical cooking materials. This has slowed down the pace of their recovery, but the beneficiaries are feeling the gracious support of the GlobalGiving donors and their woreda community.

Visits made by International Conference on Family Planning Participants

The International Conference on Family Planning was recently held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 12-15, 2013. This global conference gathers family planning advocates, government officials, Ministries of Health, and NGOs from across the world that have a vested interest in women and their health.  Among the many pre-conference activities was a visit to the Addis Ababa Women’s Association, its partners and grassroots network. Conference participants visited the GlobalGiving and Pathfinder projects, including the IGA project. . Fruitful discussions were held about the project and the support of GlobalGiving donors led to talk of opportunities for new future funding. The visit paved the way for the Association to promote its work and for the beneficiaries to have interactions with these stakeholders from the international family planning community.       


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