Income Generation for 5,000 Poor Ethiopian Women

by Pathfinder International
Sep 12, 2011

Update on IGA Beneficiaries


Over the life of this project, About 109,370.00 birr seed money has been distributed for a total of 58 IGA beneficiary women.


Please see attached word document for full report and details on new beneficiaries.


New beneficiaries assisted during the reporting period:

1.      Woinshet Addis                

2.      Kassech tadesse

3.      Bizuayehu Tilahun

4.      Tsehay Deboch

5.      Tseah Hailu

6.      Meaza Mengistu

7.      Tsige Hilawi


The new selected IGA beneficiaries are linked to their respective district administration microfinance office. Through this connection, they get legal status for their business in order to access:

·        Training and loan services

·        Secured workplace and other relevant support like market assessment services, which is crucial for the sustainability of their business.





1.                 Buzayehu Tilahun is living in Addis Ababa, kolfe sub city, woreda 9. She is a widow and living with her 3 children. Buzayehu is able to send only 2 of her children to school and one of her children dropped out to help in the household. Buzayehu used to prepare and sell Enjera, but because of financial problems she stopped her business. Hence, the sub-city women’s association identified her problem, and nominated her to get the GlobalGiving grant to run her former business again. Buzayehu is very pleased to restart and run her business again; she is very grateful for the GlobalGiving generosity, she said “now I can work and will properly feed my children and send them all to school.” 


2.                Kasech Tadesse is living in Addis Ababa, kolfe sub city woreda 8. She has 4 children, 3 of whom are male. Her husband tries to send 3 of their children to school, but his salary is very low. Kasech tries to support her family through small business, preparing and selling homemade food items, but stopped due to a shortage of finances and family problems. Thus, the sub city women officials recommended her for the GlobalGiving fund, and she has started working her previous income generating activity again.



3.                 Woinshet Aragaw is living at Kolfe sub-city, woreda 1. She has 5 female children, 3 of whom are attending school and the rest of whom are left at home because she is unable to afford schooling for all 5 children. Woinshet is a widow and is working as a house maid to support her family. Woinshet had a small business, selling vegetables and fruits, but stopped due to lack of finances. As a result, the sub- city women association executive committee chose her to be a recipient of the GlobalGiving income generating activity grant.


4.                Tsehay Deboch lives in Gulele sub-city, woreda 8. Her husband is pensioned and they have 5 female and 3 male children. Because of their economic problem they send only four of their children to school. Tsehay used to sell food and tea, but as a result of financial struggles, she is unable to run her business. Her family faced problem to the extent that they have no daily meal properly. As a result of this, the sub city women’s association selected her to receive the Global Giving seed grant. She is very happy and promised to continue her former business effectively and be able to support her whole family and send all of her children to school.


5.                Tsehay Hailu is living at Gulele sub-city, Woreda 7. She is a widow and has 6 children 2 of whom are attending school. She cannot afford the school fees and materials for the other 4 children.  Thus, she is given the GlobalGiving seed grant to be able to support herself and her family. After getting the GlobalGiving fund support, Tsehay is effectively working on food preparation organized with her 3 friends who are engaged in the same small income generating business.


6.                Meaza Birhane lives in Gulele sub-city. Her husband is pensioned and does not have a job. They have 9 children, 3 of whom are attending school and the rest could not go to school because they cannot afford to send them all. As a result of this, the sub city women’s association selected her to get the GlobalGiving grant as seed money to enable her to run small income generating activities, and be able to support herself and her family. After receiving the grant support, Meaza is organized in a group with her friends and engaged in preparing food and tea.


7.                Tisige Hilawe lives at Gulele, woreda 8, she is a widow and living with her child. She makes a small amount of money by making embroidery and selling food items, but the income she receives from this business in not enough for her living, moreover she faced financial problem and was challenged to continue her business. Therefore, the sub city women’s association realized her problem and selected her to get the Global Giving grant. After receiving the seed money, Tisige became a member of an organized group that is engaged in similar small scale income generating activities preparing food and tea and sells these items to the surrounding community and needy people.


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Organization Information

Pathfinder International

Location: Watertown, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Caitlin Corneliess
Institutional Giving Officer
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Thanks to 237 donors like you, a total of $21,225 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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