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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 28, 2012

Women's Income Generating Activities

GLOBAL GIVING INCOME-GENERATING ACTIVITIES

January – March 2012

 

NEW BENEFICIARIES ASSISTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

Six very poor and needy women from Gulele sub-city, Woreda 5 and five from Arada sub-city, Woreda 7 are separately preparing and selling different food items (traditionally called Baltina) in shops in their woredas.  Although, each woman desired to be in business, financial problems prohibited them from starting. Their need and demand was identified by local leaders and each woman was recommended for the Global Giving income generating fund.

Along with providing them Global Giving income generating activity (IGA) seed money, they all received  skill training for three days on business management, recording daily income and outcome, market surveying, and handling customers. They were also provided with awareness creation training on sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, family planning, HIV and AIDS, and harmful traditional practices.

They have all started running their businesses properly. They are registered and were given certificates by their respective woreda microfinance enterprises. The newly selected IGA beneficiaries are linked with their respective district administration microfinance office to attain legal status and access ongoing training and loan service. The microfinance office also helps the women secure a work place and provides other relevant supports like market assessments. All of these services help them to build a sustainable business.

The total number of Global Giving IGA beneficiaries through March 2012 is 77.

New IGA beneficiaries profile

Tigist Bekele is living in Gulele sub-city, woreda 5. Her husband is a day-laborer and they have three children, two of them are female and the other one is male. All of the children are attending school. Tigist is a house wife with no paying work. Life was very difficult for them and with the very limited income they were unable to properly feed and support their family. Therefore, the Gulela sub-city women’s association’s executive body realized their problem and recommended Tigist to get Global Giving IGA support.

Zinash Bulto also lives in Gulele sub-city, woreda 5. She is working as a house maid. Her husband died, leaving her with five children. It is difficult for Zinash to properly feed and support her family alone. She had difficulty sending all of her children to school and fulfilling their necessary school materials and clothing.  Though Zinash has many skills and a great desire to make different traditional food (baltina) to sell, a lack of money prevented her from starting this small business. Eventually, she applied for IGA support.  The Gulela sub- city women’s association’s recommended IGA support and provided her with the seed money to start her desired small business by organizing with other Global Giving IGA beneficiaries.

Lisanwork Ytaye also lives in Gulele sub-city, woreda 5. She lives with her husband and her five children. They have very limited income, which is not enough to properly feed and support their large family.  Lisanwork had a desire to be engaged in a small business (selling baltina) to change her family’s living condition.  Thus, she applied to the sub-city women’s association to be provided with Global Giving IGA support, and she was given seed money to start her desired business

 Emebet Mamo lives in Gulele sub-city, woreda 5. She is a housewife. Her husband died, leaving her with six children and without support. Emebet has skills in preparing traditional food. She tried to engage in selling food items at a smaller level to support her large family. However, though she worked hard, the income she earns from this business was not enough to properly feed her family. The woreda women’s association, clearly understanding her problem, provided her with seed money to expand her business. Then Emebet started working on small business by organizing with other IGA beneficiaries. She is very pleased and grateful for Global Giving and Path finder International for the support they provided her.

 Genzeb Getachew similarly, lives in Gulele sub-city and woreda 5 with her six children. Her husband died and the family was left with no support. Life for Genzeb become hard and bitter - to the point where her family spent a day without any food. Genzeb then applied to her sub-city women’s association to get Global Giving IGA support. After getting the seed money, she started working in small business and joined the organized micro finance enterprise.

Mekdes Gisila is also living in Gulele sub-city, woreda 5 with her husband and their four children. They have a very little income, which is not adequate to support her large family. Though Mekdes is a young energetic woman with a lot of experience in home economic products who wants to engage in small business to improve her family’s life, a lack of initial money prevented her from realizing her desire. She heard about the Global Giving IGA support from her friend and she applied to the sub-city women’s association for seed money. After receiving support, Mekdes started working on the small business along with other group members with great pleasure and enthusiasm.   

The following four women were selected from Arada sub- city women’s association based on the criteria indicated in each of their profiles.

 Abozenech G/ Wold is living in Arada sub-city, woreda 7, with her two   female and two male children. She is divorced from her husband. Abozenech did not want to sit idle.  She tried to do very small business of selling food items, but the income she earned was not enough. Though one of her children graduated with a diploma, she has not secured a job so far and Abozenech needs to support the family. Abozench applied to the Arada sub city women’s association to get Global Giving IGA support.  The sub-city association recommended her to be a member of the IGA beneficiaries and she was given the seed money to expand her business and improve her family life.

Almaz Demo also lives in Arada sub-city, woreda 7. Her husband died and she is responsible for taking care of her two children. Almaz tried to sustain her family life through a very small income from selling food items, but life got harder as the living conditions became more expensive. Sending her children to school became difficult. Thus, Almaz wanted to get some support and expand her business to change her family living condition. She applied to the Global Giving IGA support, received seed money, and engaged in the small microfinance enterprise “Baltina” with other beneficiaries. Almaz said, “I am very lucky getting this support, I am very pleased. I will do all my best to render my skill along with my fellow members. I will make anything possible to change the living condition of my children and myself. For this, I genuinely want to express my deep gratitude to Global Giving and Path finder International for this important and life-saving support. This support creates great confidence and pleasure in our entire future endeavor.”

Aregash Senbet also lives in Arada sub-city, woreda 7. She has three children and her husband is a day-laborer working for a very low wage. They were living in very poor conditions and the income they earn is not enough to properly feed their family and send their children to school. Aregash needed to start a small business to support her family. She heard about Global Giving IGA support and applied to the sub-city women’s association, and received seed money. She became a member of small micro finance enterprise and started working with the organized group of other beneficiaries.

Emebet Abebe is also living in same sub-city and woreda, along with her pensioned husband and her five children. Two of her children have completed their high school education, but are jobless. It is the limited monthly pension salary that covers the immediate need of the whole family. Emebet wanted to start a small business to support her family and change their poor living condition. She applied to the Global Giving IGA fund. She got the IGA seed money and started running a small business by organizing with other micro finance enterprise members.


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Mar 28, 2012

New scholarships; new take on life

GlobalGiving Scholarship Program

Report on activities between January – March 2012

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

Over the reporting period and with funds from GlobalGiving, Pathfinder International has chosen three new girls to be beneficiaries of our scholarship program in Ethiopia. Below, please find brief profiles for the three girls who were selected in February 2012.

1. KASU TESHOME

Kasu Teshome was born in Amhara region Lalibel, Bugna woreda. She is 15 years old and a 7th grade student. Kasu has three sisters and two brothers. Her father died when she was young and her mother was no longer able to support her. As a result, she came to Addis to live with her uncle. Her uncle has three children and is divorced. He runs a small business, but it is hard to support such a large family with his limited income.

Thus, life became very difficult for Kasu and she was on the verge of dropping out of school. Taking her problem into consideration, her school teachers and director recommended that she receive a Global Giving scholarship. She was very pleased to receive a Global Giving scholarship and she is now motivated to continue her education.

2.  HILINA G. YOHANES

Hilina G. Yohanes was born in Addis Ababa, Lideta sub-city, Woreda 4. She is 14 years old and in the 7th grade. She has 2 sisters. Unfortunately, her father who was a government employee died suddenly. As a result of his death, the whole family was left without support and life became difficult. Her mother was unable to properly feed and support her family. Thus, the sub-city women’s association, realizing their problem, recommended Hilina for Global Giving scholarship support. At present, she is provided with the scholarship. She is now able to properly attend her education and she is very grateful for the scholarship. Hilina said, “I am very lucky for getting this great support. I am inspired; it gives me a courage and great confidence to reach my dream.”

3.  ADDIS ALEM MULUGETA

Addis Alem Mulugeta was born in Addis Ababa, sub-city of Addis Ketema, Woreda 3. She is 15 years old and has four sisters. Her mother died suddenly from high blood pressure and life soon become difficult for her and her sisters. As a result, Addis Alem was unable to attend school. Therefore, considering the family’s troubles, the Addis Ababa sub-city women’s association’s executive members recommended that at least one of the girls from the family continue school through a Global Giving scholarship support. Addis Alem was selected to receive the scholarship. Now she will be able to continue her education.

The following table provides a summary of the number of girls Pathfinder has been able to support through Global Giving scholarships:

Total number of scholarship beneficiaries as of to date: 70 (see attached word document for breakdown by grade). 


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Jan 3, 2012

Girls Have a New Perspective on Their Future

GlobalGiving Scholarship Program

Report on activities between September – December 2011

NEW SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

Over the reporting period and with funds from GlobalGiving, Pathfinder International has chosen two new girls to be beneficiaries of our scholarship program in Ethiopia. These girls will be assisted for 21 months and will receive 3,318 ETB (approximately $192). Below, please find brief profiles for the two girls who were selected in the last four months.

Mahfed Yeshigeta is 18 years old and blind. Her mother is deceased and her father is a farmer living in the remote area of Tegulate. Mahfed came to Addis Ababa to live with one of her relatives and go to school. Her relative has since died and Mahfed was left with no support for her education or livelihood. In order to eat and pay for her school fees, she had few other choices but to sell lottery tickets. During this time, Mahfed had a boyfriend who was also blind, and due to a lack of awareness about reproductive health and related safety precautions, Mahfed became pregnant and now has a son. Her boyfriend has denied that he is the father, and offers no support in raising the child.

As life for Mahfed became more and more challenging, her school teachers considered her situation and recommended her for GlobalGiving scholarship assistance. She has now been a beneficiary of the program since October 2011 and is in the 13th grade at the Menilik secondary school.  Currently, Mahfed is eagerly pursuing her education, “I feel like I was born again and it is my renaissance, because I very much feel courageous and confident that, I would join the faculty of law and get graduated so as to advocate for gender equality in the near future.”

Alemnesh Kassa was born in the Amhara region of North Wolo, in the district of Raya. Her parents are farmers and have 5 other children who do not attend school. Alemnesh, fearing that her fate would be the same as her brothers, decided to go to Addis Ababa to live with her aunt and get an education. Unfortunately, her aunt was killed in a car accident, and Alemnesh was left with nobody to support her.

Despite Alemnesh’s struggles, she has always stood 1st in her class. Her school, understanding her problem, recommended her for the GlobalGiving scholarship assistance. She is currently in 7th grade at the Kedamawy Menelik primary school.  Alemnesh said, “this financial assistance, would inspire me more, and keep me up stand 1st all the way until I complete my university education, and I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the GlobalGiving for the scholarship support they have provided me.”


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