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.
Jun 21, 2013

Update on IGA Beneficiaries May 2013

GlobalGiving IGA Project

March – May 2013


With generous support from the GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder International has received a total of $18,421 since the project’s inception in 2008 to setup an income generating activity (IGA) program for low income Ethiopian women. This support has been used to empower low income women to become productive and self-sufficient in their households. To date, this project has selected 97 beneficiaries with the help of the Addis Ababa Women Association (AAWA) and organized them into two commercial sectors: the poultry development group and the small-scale restaurant venture.

New beneficiaries assisted during the reporting period

The funding amount received during this reporting period was not sufficient for the recruitment of new beneficiaries into the IGA project. While there were no new beneficiaries assisted during the reporting period, the funding amount received was allocated to women already enrolled in both the Poultry Development Group and the Small Restaurant Group.

Progress report of the last 15 women assisted in the second quarter of 2013 (January-March 2013)

As there were no new beneficiaries this quarter, we wanted to report on the tremendous progress of our most recent IGA recipients:

The Poultry Development Group

Five women were trained on poultry development skills by the woreda government agricultural office experts; subsequently, they engaged directly in the business and with the support of the experts, the team managed to:

  • Buy 30 Holland hybrid hens from the Jalene Yedoro Erbata Team Enterprise located in the Akaki sub-city. The enterprise is specifically working on breeding such hens for poultry purposes.
  • Purchase poultry feed from Kality Animal Feed Enterprise and water supply equipment from suppliers.
  • Acquire services of a veterinary doctor to treat and spray the poultry shed to avoid the spread of infection.
  • Arrange the quarters given by the local administration in such a way that it suits the poultry development scheme by partitioning the area with wire.

In addition, the women were able to acquire other cleaning materials necessary for the poultry shed have been placed in the designated location for further use.

Beneficiaries wear their protective gowns in the poultry coop for sanitary reasons and take turns to work. There is a general feeling of positive expectation that once the hens start laying eggs, the group will be earning a minimum of 3000 Birr per month (US$160.00 per month) in 2 months’ time from egg sales.

The Small Restaurant Group

Likewise, the local restaurant group began producing and selling different food items to their customers in the shed that was provided by the Addis Ababa Women Association. The ten women work on a shift basis with five women working in each shift. As the women are popular and well-experienced in food preparation, they now have a fairly large number of customers and are making good earnings every day. Although it looks like it has a promising future prospect, the monthly cost turnover has not yet been estimated.

Jun 21, 2013

Update on Scholarship Beneficiaries June 2013

Pathfinder International Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women Association

GlobalGiving Girls Scholarship Report



GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education and mitigating their risk of drop-out. Since May 2008, Pathfinder recruited 70 female students who received primary and secondary school scholarships. We are delighted to report that six young women from our program have moved to the university level this past quarter (January-March 2013). While one student was unable to stay with the scholarship program, the remaining 63 students were able to remain in school and progress to higher grade levels. The following table indicates the students’ grade level and number of students enrolled.

Total number of scholarship beneficiaries as of June 2013

 Grade No. of Girls

6 1

7 7

8 4

9 12

10 16

11 9

12 14

University 6

Left Program 1

Total 70


New admission during the reporting period

The funding amount received during this reporting period was not sufficient for the recruitment of new beneficiaries into the scholarship program. While there were no new beneficiaries assisted during the reporting period, the funding amount received was allocated to students already enrolled in school for their continued education.

Progress during this reporting period

As scholarship beneficiaries entered the program, they received an initial scholarship for their schooling and were eligible to receive extension scholarships as resources became available to continue their education. The ongoing support of GlobalGiving donors has allowed many of the project’s women and girls to receive extension scholarships. At the end of this reporting period, students who were enrolled in 2008—when this program first began—have been able to stay in in school for 50 months. Other scholarship beneficiaries hope to continue on this path with the ongoing support they receive.

Students of the GlobalGiving Scholarship program have not only been able to attend school, but also to stay in school. Among the 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries, 60 students have successfully used their initial scholarship for schooling. The challenge for these girls now is to acquire funding to finish their high school studies and finalize their secondary school education.

The students gave their testimonials that without assistance from the scholarship program, they would not have achieved much in their educational pursuits. They also stated that they were able to fulfill basic school-related expenses through the scholarship funds. The possibility of the extension of their scholarship will pave the way for them to enroll into university and they are hopeful that their wishes will be granted. 

May 29, 2013

Ongoing support for girls' education in Ethiopia

Pathfinder International is pleased to report that as a result of the generous support of our GlobalGiving donors, 70 girls have received scholarships support in Ethiopia.

Pathfinder is committed to providing ongoing support to scholarship recipients so that they can stay in school. Therefore, over the last reporting period, scholarship extensions were given to three beneficiaries to enable the girls to continue their education.

 Scholarship extensions were provided to:

  • Nigist: Grade 9. She is an orphan, living with a poor foster family.
  • Liyu: Grade 9. Liyu is an orphan who was making a living as a housemaid prior to receiving her scholarship. 
  • Mastewal: Grade 11 girl. She also comes from a very poor family.
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