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.
For this reporting period, Pathfinder has paused expansions of our Income Generating Activities in Ethiopia, in order to accumulate more funding for project activities in the next quarter. While we were not able to recruit new beneficiaries, we followed up with the 30 women who were supported by GlobalGiving donors after their business was burned down, and are happy to report that their restored restaurant business is still thriving. While they continue to face challenges, they convey their gratitude to our GlobalGiving donors for their generous help during their time of need.
Pathfinder was able to conduct follow-up visits to the 30 women who were supported by GlobalGiving donors, and found that their businesses are thriving with their group capital steadily on the rise. They continue to face challenges for growing their business, like shortages of kitchen equipment and utensils, but they are positive and hopeful for expansion in the future. The beneficiaries are in critical need of continued support, please consider supporting these income-generating activities.
Income Generation Activity for Ethiopian Women
March 2014 – May 2014
As we have reported earlier this year, the generous support of the GlobalGiving donors has been used to help a group of 30 women who created a restaurant business together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You may recall that the group suffered a setback when a fire engulfed their warehouse. The project provided about 30,000 Birr to help rebuild this warehouse and the attached restaurant.
During this reporting period, Pathfinder visited the project beneficiaries who were able to restart their business despite the scarcity of kitchen utensils. Given the nominal amount of funds received during this reporting period, the GlobalGiving project was not able to award another grant to the project beneficiaries. We will allocate donations received during March-May 2014 to June-August 2014 activities.
Income Generation for Ethiopian Women
December 2013 – February 2014
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.
Pathfinder International and the Addis Ababa Women’s Association
GlobalGiving Progress Report
Income-Generating Activities for Ethiopian Women Project
September- November 2013
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.
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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