Income Generation for 5,000 Poor Ethiopian Women

by Pathfinder International
Oct 10, 2011

Women start life-changing businesses



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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Organization Information

Pathfinder International

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

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