Sparking growth for 10K Ethiopian farmers, weavers

 
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Aug 5, 2014

YOU have helped us alleviate global poverty!

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You've helped rice farmers like Fenta succeed!

Thank you for your donation to MEDA and your continuous support of our work on GlobalGiving! Because of your generosity, we continue to provide long-lasting solutions to poverty around the world, bringing new hope and dignity to millions of families annually.

As you know, EDGET (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) has allowed 10,000 Ethiopian rice and textile producers to improve their crops and goods, connect with urban markets, increase their profits, and participate in the broader benefits of national economic growth.

Your support has meant increased incomes and improved livelihoods – the makings for a sustainable future. With an average of five people per household, EDGET is bringing positive change and new hope to 50,000 lives.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading updates of how we’ve invested in promising futures and unleashed entrepreneurship in rural farmers and weavers through EDGET. I love sharing stories illustrating how your support is making a difference in people’s lives.

From all of us at MEDA, thank you for your compassion and kindness! We’re grateful to you for opening your heart to those in need.

While we are now ending our presence on GlobalGiving, I hope that you will continue your support in the ongoing fight to alleviate poverty worldwide.

Please stay in touch!

Thank you once again for your generous donation to our EDGET project. We value your support as a partner in creating business solutions to poverty.

Sincerely,

Linda Whitmore

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You've helped weavers like Solomon excel!
You
You've created better futures for their families!

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Apr 18, 2014

Your gift = increased income & improved livelihood

Abebayitu, a woman rice farmer, established Enyesh
Abebayitu, a woman rice farmer, established Enyesh

At MEDA, we really enjoy bringing back stories of how our work, made possible by your support, is making a difference the lives of clients around the world. A big THANK YOU for your generosity toward our EDGET project in Ethiopia. As a token of appreciation for your generous gift, we'd like to share with you the following story.

Enyesh – Anticipating something positive

Rice farmer Abebayitu was selected by EDGET to become a community facilitator for the village of Dikule and create an environment where financial literacy and saving was promoted. This is how the Village Savings and Loan Assocation (VSLA) Enyesh, which means “anticipating something positive” in Amharic, was born. Read the client story Enyesh: Increased Income and Improved Livelihoods to see how your donation is changing lives of EDGET farmers and weavers…

  • Learn how VSLAs are formed and the purpose of their weekly gatherings
  • Discover the many benefits VSLA members experience when they contribute to common savings and social funds
  • Uncover what Enyesh members use their loans for and the impact they have seen from this opportunity
  • See how members of Enyesh have come together to learn new skills and cooperate on daily tasks
  • Find out what plans the Enyesh VSLA has for the future                                    

On behalf of EDGET farmers and weavers, thank you! You’ve made a big difference in the lives of Ethiopian entrepreneurs who want to create better livelihoods for their families and make positive change in their communities.

If you’d like more information, visit our website – www.meda.org – or email us at meda@meda.org. To renew your support, just call us at 1-800-665-7026, or go to www.weavingrowth.com

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Thank you once again for sparking growth in Ethiopia by providing rural farmers and weavers with access to better markets, new production techniques and technologies and support services. Your support has meant increased incomes and improved livelihoods – the makings for a sustainable future.

Tsehay
Tsehay's loan bought a goat to raise and re-sell
Jan 23, 2014

You've shown Ethiopians the power of microfinance

An early morning meeting for VSLA members
An early morning meeting for VSLA members

As we welcome the new year, we wanted to thank you for your continued support of our EDGET (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) project. Because of you, we look forward with renewed hope to farmers and weavers discovering new ways to raise their incomes, improve their business and, most importantly, save for their families’ futures!

Stories from the field

Emma Harris, one of our interns in Ethiopia, recently visited some of our clients to see how their lives have been impacted by the project. Read her blog post, The Power of Microfinance, to discover the latest successes EDGET clients have experienced thanks to your gift…

  • Learn how women like Egowetet are using their membership in a rice cooperative to improve their families’ livelihood
  • Meet Belay, who is providing women rice farmers with access to tools to improve their product and storage facilities to maximize their profits
  • Understand how members of village savings and loans associations (VSLAs) work together to save and support each other to achieve their business dreams

Your gift is changing lives of not only Ethiopian entrepreneurs but also their families! On behalf of the 10,000 farmers and weavers like Egowetet and Belay, thank you. With your help, they are beginning to successfully participate in and boost Ethiopia’s economy.

If you’d like more information, visit our website – www.meda.org – or email us at meda@meda.org. To renew your support, just call us at 1-800-665-7026, or go to www.weavingrowth.com

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You’ve made a big difference in the lives of Ethiopian entrepreneurs wanting to create better livelihoods for their families and make positive change in their communities. We are so thankful to you for continued support in 2014 as, together, we continue to create business solutions to poverty around the world!

Egowetet outside of the women
Egowetet outside of the women's rice cooperative
Belay and his son
Belay and his son
Emma joins meeting of the VSLA, Addis Alem
Emma joins meeting of the VSLA, Addis Alem
Comparing the quality vs. non-quality rice grain
Comparing the quality vs. non-quality rice grain
Emma having fun with the local children
Emma having fun with the local children

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Nov 4, 2013

Thanks to you, our work is having a major impact!

Women "early adopters" earning more than men
Women "early adopters" earning more than men

Thanks to you, MEDA’s EDGET project (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) is helping farmers and weavers raise their incomes, learn new production techniques, improve their products, find new markets and save for their futures! 

EDGET mid-point survey shows impact to date
Click on the PDF below, EDGET Project Update, to learn about the latest progress made thanks to your gift…

  • Meet Wondemu, the chairperson of the Ytebebegnoch Tebeb Weaving Cooperative in Addis Ababa. Read how he has taken the right steps to become known for his innovative designs and develop a weaving business focused on quality results for his buyers.
  • See some results to date, taken from our annual survey, on how your gift is making a difference
  • Learn how some women, who have been quick to adapt to the new technology, are now earning more than men
  • Discover what improvements are still to come in the next two years for farmers and weavers of the EDGET project

Isn’t it exciting to see the difference you are making in the lives of budding Ethiopian entrepreneurs? We truly appreciate your continued support of the EDGET project (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade). Through your generosity, 10,000 farmers and weavers like Wondemu can successfully participate in Ethiopia’s economy. 

If you’d like more information, visit our website www.meda.org or email meda@meda.org. To renew your support, you can donate by giving us a call at 1-800-665-7026, or go to www.weavingrowth.com

Stay informed about MEDA’s work. Follow us on:

You’ve made a huge impact in the lives of Ethiopian entrepreneurs wanting to create a stronger future for their families and those in their communities. We are so thankful to you for choosing to support MEDA as we work to unleash entrepreneurship around the world!

An EDGET weaver proudly displays his workspace
An EDGET weaver proudly displays his workspace

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Aug 8, 2013

Meet Worknesh Wade...

Ethiopia - a country full of hope
Ethiopia - a country full of hope

Worknesh Wade, a 38 year-old female weaver from Chencha, is a current beneficiary of MEDA’s EDGET (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade) project thanks to generous donors like you!

When Worknesh moved to Addis Ababa a few years ago, she relied on her elder sister’s family for financial support as she earned only a meager income from spinning cotton into thread and winding it onto spools. Today, thanks to EDGET (and you!), she now works as a weaver. Worknesh and her husband, a part-time weaver, are now able to support their daughter together thanks to the training and support that gifts like yours make possible.

Discover how Worknesh became a successful businesswoman in a male-dominated industry – click here to learn how and to see her in action!

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Q&A with Worknesh

MEDA field staff sat down with Worknesh to ask her about how her weaving skills have improved and to hear about the growth she’s experienced in her business since joining EDGET. We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to hear directly from Worknesh about how the project has helped her to become a successful entrepreneur.

What did you gain from the basic business skills capacity training?
“The training has been very important for me. Since most of my time was spent on making products, I didn’t have much experience communicating with customers. But I have learned how to interact with customers and applied my new skills during exhibitions and when working with designers. The training encouraged me not to limit myself to one role, but to take on multiple roles in order to move out of poverty and improve my family’s livelihood.”

How have the connections with the Addis Ababa-based designers helped?
“I have widened my weaving knowledge by directly communicating with designers. Designers are introducing different designs as a result.”

What has the additional business from improved access to local markets meant for you?
“By being part of the project, I got a chance to participate in different fashion exhibitions and bazaars for the first time in my life. I have benefited in selling products and distribution of my business cards to people who visited my booth. From the profits I earned from exhibitions and bazaars so far, I built a house with three rooms in my home town of Chencha.”

What have you gained from design training with Miracle Design Fashion Institution?
“When I was selected for this design training opportunity, I was excited that I would have the chance to become a better educated and trained designer. Since I have started providing readymade clothes in exhibitions, being part of the designing school helped me. I order products differently by adjusting the color and the design. I started to give attention to the colors – what people like and dislike. I attentively watch people’s clothing colors everywhere I go and use those observations when I design textiles. This is the secret why people love the color of my products.“

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Worknesh Wade demonstrates that weaving does not have to remain a male- dominated role in Ethiopia. As women gain more skills and knowledge surrounding weaving practices, their potential in the industry has and will continue to grow. Worknesh exemplifies success for EDGET – she is now a confident and empowered businesswoman, with a greater ambition to open her own hand woven textile shop in the future.

See how you have changed the life of women and men like Worknesh? We thank you once again for investing in their promising futures. Without you, our work would not be possible!

A weaver
A weaver's colourful work is hanging out to dry

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Linda Whitmore

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