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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.
Jan 3, 2012

6 New Women Turn Their Lives Around!

Global Giving Income-Generating Activities Program

Report on activities between September – December 2011

NEW GG IGA BENEFICIARIES

Over the last four months, Pathfinder International, with support from GlobalGiving, has provided six new women with support for income-generating activities.

  1. Yeshareg Abate                                Yeka sub-city                     August 2011       
  2. Aylush Denbel                                   Yeka sub-city                     August 2011                      
  3. Worknesh Teshome                         Yeka sub-city                     August 2011
  4. Tsige Mekonnen                               Yeka sub-city                     August 2011
  5. Meriem Kemal                                   Arada sub-city                   November 2011
  6. Emebet Abebe                                  Arada sub-city                   November 2011

As a sustainability strategy, the newly selected IGA beneficiaries have been linked to a microfinance office within their respective district administration. This network enables the beneficiaries to receive legal status for their businesses, training and loan services, and assists them in securing work space. Below, please find brief profiles for the six new beneficiaries of the income-generating activities program in Ethiopia.

 

Yeshareg Abate lives in Yeka sub-city, Woreda 9 and is a single mother with one daughter. She was working as a daily laborer to feed her baby and herself, but through this, did not earn enough money to buy a daily meal. Since receiving the GlobalGIving IGA program support, Yeshareg has started her own business, baking and selling Enjera. She says, “I am very grateful for the GlobalGiving support, now I feel self secured, with this business I can support my family and feed my child properly.”

Aylush Denbel is from Yeka sub-city, Woreda 9. She has a diploma in hotel management, and has embroidery skills. Aylush is a single mother of one daughter. She is educated and has business knowledge and ambition like baking and selling Enjera (local bread), but due to financial issues is unable to work and support her family. Thus, after assessing her problem, the Yeka sub-city women’s association recommended her to the AAWA executive committee to become a beneficiary of the GlobalGiving IGA assistance program.  After receiving the GlobalGiving IGA support, she started working on a small business, baking and selling Enjera bread and she also prepares embroidery products in her spare time.

Worknesh Teshome is from Yeka sub-city, Woreda 13. Her husband abandoned her and their two children, leaving Worknesh with no support. She was working as house maid to support her family; however she makes very little money in this work and cannot properly feed her family. As a result of the GlobalGiving support, Worknesh has no now started a small business baking and selling Enjera bread in order to sufficiently feed and care for her family.

Tsige Mokenen is from Yeka sub-city, Woreda 13. Her husband recently died and she is now the sole supporter for her three children. As a daily laborer, she makes a very small amount of money and is unable to feed her three children and herself.

Though Tsige strongly believes that baking and selling Enjera bread would be productive and profitable work, she had insufficient funds to start the business. The sub-city women’s association reviewed Tsige’s application, assessed the extent of her problems, and as a result, recommended her for the GlobalGiving IGA program support, which was approved by the AAWA executive committee. After receiving the financial support, she started a small business of preparing and selling Enjera as she had hoped.

Merima kemal lives in Arada sub-city, Woreda 7. She has limited education, as she stopped going to school in 9th grade.  She is widowed and has two daughters and one son who all attend school. However, as a single mother and housewife, supporting her family is extremely difficult. She has the desire and drive to work, but has lacked sufficient funds to run any kind of business. As a result, she was provided with a seed grant from GlobalGiving to start up a small business. She is now running a poultry business with her friend who has also received the GlobalGiving support. She is extremely pleased with the GlobalGiving financial support as it enabled her to start a business and in turn change her life and the lives of her children.

Emebet Abebe lives in Arada sub-city, Woreda 7. She also stopped going to school in 9th grade, so has limited professional skills. She is a divorced and has 2 daughters and one son, all of whom attend school. As she had no income and no one else to help support her children, it was incredibly difficult for her to properly feed and educate her children. As a result, the sub-city women’s association recommended her for the GlobalGiving seed grant. After receiving the support, Emebet started a small business running poultry in collaboration with Merima Kemal, another GlobalGiving beneficiary. Emebet said, “I am very much delighted and grateful for the GlobalGiving seed grant support, and I am confident enough that, I would work hard, so as to bring a change in my future life and properly educate my children.” 


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Oct 10, 2011

Women start life-changing businesses

GLOBAL GIVING IGA PROJECT Update

Introduction

Pathfinder International’s recruitment committee in Ethiopia selected the four women below to support them in starting income-generating activities (IGA) in the last quarter. All IGA beneficiary women were given seed money to start small businesses.  

Profile of current IGA beneficiaries

1. Ayahulush Dembel is living in Yeka sub-city, Woreda 9. She has a diploma in hotel management, and also has embroidery skills. Her husband left her and her daughter with no income.

Ayahulush is compelled to find ways to support her family, and is interested in baking and selling enjera (local bread). Due to lack of funds, she has been unable to start this business. As a result, the Yeka sub- city women’s association recommended her to the Addis Ababa Women’s Association (AAWA) executive committee as a prospective Global Giving beneficiary of IGA funds. After being approved as a beneficiary, Ayahulush received seed money from Global Giving and started her small business, selling enjera and making embroidery products to sell in her spare time.

2. Tsige Mokenen is living at Yeka sub-city Woreda 13 and is a daily laborer. She does not have a steady job. Her husband died recently, leaving their 3 children with no support. Tsige holds the burden of caring for her family, and without an income she could not feed her children and herself. Even with the courage to start a small business she did not have the finances to start a profitable business. 

The sub-city women’s association understood her problem and recommended her to the Global Giving project. Thus, the AAWA executive committee considered her problem, and provided her with Global Giving IGA seed money.  These funds gave Tsige the courage and support to start a business with great enthusiasm.

3.  Worknesh Teshome is living in Yeka sub-city Woreda 13. She has 2 children, and her husband left the family to go to the rural area and left Worknesh and her children with no support.

She currently has the sole responsibility to care for and support her 2 children. With no income, it is very hard for them to get even a daily meal. Worknesh tried to support her family by working as a house maid, but the money she earned was not sufficient to feed her children. Very discouraged, she then applied to be considered for Global Giving IGA support. Worknesh received the IGA support and has since started baking and selling enjera as a means to provide for her family. She is extremely grateful for the Global Giving support; these funds have changed her life.

4. Yeshareg Abate is living in Yeka sub-city Woreda 9. She has a baby and her husband left her. Yeshareg worked as a daily laborer roaming from place to place trying to find work. This work was not consistent, so Yeshareg felt insecure. She did not have sufficient funds to live, struggles to survive, and cannot feed her child. She hoped to prepare and sell enjera, but did not have the funds to support starting this business. The sub-city women’s association recommended her for the Global Giving IGA support. Yeshareg was approved and now receives seed money to start her desired business, and finally support herself and her baby. 


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Oct 10, 2011

School year begins for scholarship students!

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT Update

Introduction

Pathfinder International, with support from Global Giving funds, started providing scholarship support for economically vulnerable and academically strong girls in order to increase the retention of female students at a higher level of education. Between 2008 and now, a total of 65 girls have been supported. Many girls are just now starting the school year and as a result of the Global Giving scholarship funds, are able to buy their mandatory school uniform and other necessary school materials.

Profile of current scholarship beneficiaries 

1. Etaferahu Dange was born in the Gulele sub-city Woreda 3. She is currently 17 years old and an 11th grade student at the Dilber Secondary School. 

Her father died in a car accident so she lives with her mother who makes a living by washing clothes as a daily laborer. Despite this job, there are some days that her mother does not get paid and thus cannot buy daily bread for Etaferahu. 

Etaferahu is an outstanding student, ranking 1st out of 33 students, but due to her family’s financial problems, she had difficulties fulfilling the necessary educational requirements and continuing her education. She was then identified by the sub-city women’s association and the AAWA executive committee then recommended her for the Global Giving girl’s scholarship assistance. As a result of the Global Giving scholarship support, Etaferahu now goes to school consistently and is able to meet all of the requirements of her class.  

2.  Amarech Masresha was born in south Gonder of Nefas Mawcha woreda. Her parents are farmers in the remote area of the woreda and have insufficient income to support Amarech. At age 5, she went to Addis Ababa to live with her aunt and enroll in grade one of school.

Unfortunately, her uncle, the supporter of the household, died and there was nobody to support Amarech and her aunt. She struggled in school, and was on the verge of dropping out when the school community understood her problems and applied for scholarship assistance on behalf of Amarech. As the result, the AAWA executive committee approved the Global Giving scholarship grant and Amarech is currently in 11th grade at the Entoto Amba secondary school. She ranked 3rd out of 52 students this year and continues to be an incredible student. 

3. Yematawork Bezawork was born in Amhara region of Bulga Awraja. Her parents led their life through very low subsistence farming. She is disabled (likely due to polio virus). 

At an early age, Yematawork was sent to a charitable organization called Meskane Huzunan children fund in Addis Ababa. When she was a 9th grade student, the institution closed and there was nobody to support her with a home or food. Yematawork’s disability combined with hunger, lack of clothing, and shelter, was an incredibly challenging situation. 

Fortunately, an older woman found her and offered her a temporary place to stay in a kitchen corner. Yematawork attended school, but there were times she went with no breakfast and came home with no dinner. The sub-city women’s association, recommended her for the Global Giving scholarship opportunity, and since May 2008, Yematawork, has been a beneficiary of your support. She understands the value of this great opportunity and works hard to be the outstanding student that she is. Yematawork said, “The Reproductive Health, Gender and HTP as well as the life skill training given by the A.A.W.A, along with the global giving scholarship financial support has given me strength, courage, self confidence and self realization, in all my studies and other life aspects. As the result of this, I have scored 350 points in the E.S.L.C. examination, which enables me to join university at the architectural engineering department which is my primary choice. Thanks to the Global Giving scholarship support I reached one stage. I will make all the necessary effort and struggle to accomplishment my study and change my life in the future.”   

4. Desta Melaku:  Was born in the Amhara region of Lasta. At age 4, she came to Addis Ababa with her parents, two brothers, and her sister. Her father is a priest at the local church and her mother is a house maid. Combined, they make very little money to support a family of five. 

Desta is an outstanding student but her parents were not financially in the position to continue to support her education. While she was on the verge of dropping out of school, the school authority recommended her as a recipient of the Global Giving scholarship. She has now been a beneficiary of this support since August 2009. 

Desta recently took the ESLCE exam scoring an average mark of 417 and passing on to University. In the future, Desta plans to join the medical college and become a Doctor to help the poor and society at-large.

Desta explained her experience as a beneficiary, “Since my parents get sick very often, I was at the verge of dropping my education so as to replace my mammy, and cover all the house chores. The scholarship assistance has given me strength, courage, and full confidence to continue my education… I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Global Giving for the scholarship support they provided me and enable me to reach this stage and shape my future.”

5. Rediet Abebe was born in Addis Ababa. Her parents got divorced at a young age and Rediet was forced to live with her aunt. She was expected to support her aunt with household tasks and as a result was unable to attend school regularly. 

Considering her burden, the school community recommended her to the AAWA for the Global Giving scholarship support, and she has now been a recipient since May 2008. 

Rediet is now 19 years old and the scholarship support has changed her life. “This support has inspired the darkest and gloomy ambition I had. I feel very lucky for being able followed my education properly with great desire and ambition. It has given me carriage, with this I did work hard and succeeded in my high school education, for this, I have scored an average of 370 in the ESLCE which would help me join the university and get graduated as health officer”. The knowledge that I got from gender and reproductive health and life skill training I took along with the scholarship support helped me to develop my self confidence and have vision and to continue working hard in my future education as well as future career.” 

Rediet also said that, “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Global Giving for their assistance, had it not been for their support I would not reach this stage, such kind of scholarship assistance would help to change girls who have similar life challenges and it would save girls life from being victim of different gender based violence and sexual exploitation and enable them to change their life.” 

6. Samrawit Engdashet: was born in 1994 in Addis Ababa. She does not know her mother and was raised by her father who then died when Samrawit was only 6 years old. She then moved in with her aunt and was supported by her uncle. After some time, her uncle also died, leaving his 6 children and wife with little support or finances. Samrawit was unable to continue her education until the sub-city women’s association recommended her for the Global Giving scholarship support and she has now been a recipient of this support since May 2008. She is now 17 years old and has completed the 12th grade. She took the ESLCE exam and scored a 303 which will put in her in a good position to attend University. Samrawits plans to be a medical doctor in the future.

“As a student, I need not luxurious things except very simple and very important things for my education. Thus, I am very much pleased and delighted to get such kind of scholarship assistance that enables me to buy the school materials I need.  The scholarship assistance has enabled me to continue my education properly; it gives me strength, courage, self-confidence and self-realization. Thus, I would like to extend my gratitude to Global Giving.” 

7. Chekolech Tegeng was born in Gayint district of Amhara region, and came to Addis Ababa at the age of 9 to start living with her aunt. Her aunt worked as a house maid with a very minimal salary and could not afford buying school materials for Chekolech. 

Chekolech was a very clever student, always ranking 1st - 3rd in her class. However, as a result of her financial limitations, she could not continue school. Thus, she was offered a Global Giving scholarship in May 2008 and has since completed her secondary education. Chekolech took the university entrance exam, the ESLCE, and scored a passing grade of 392.

Chekolech explains her gratitude for Global Giving stating that, “I am very lucky for getting this scholarship opportunity; it helped me to reach this stage. The scholarship was a big support for a girl coming from a difficult circumstance like me. I have not enough words to express how much I am delighted and grateful to the Global Giving fund for giving me such scholarship support. Moreover, I plead and suggest that giving such kind of scholarship to more misfortunate and clever female students will contribute a lot in changing their life and will also help the country at large to create more empowered and productive female citizens.”

8.  Fikrte Tene was born in Addis Ababa. Her father sells firewood and her mother is a house maid. Their daily income is very limited they cannot afford supporting their eight children. The sub-city women’s association recommended her for the scholarship opportunity and since January 2010 she has been a beneficiary. Fikrte is an outstanding student who often ranks 2nd in her class.  This year she took the ESLCE and scored 334 points, which allowed her the opportunity to apply to University. “I am very much grateful for the global giving scholarship opportunity. In the future I would like to join university at engineering factuality; I have a dream to become future productive engineer. “


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