PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES EIGHT NEW LOAN GRANTEES FOR INCOME GENERATION
Thanks to the generous support from Global Giving donors, Pathfinder is pleased to announce the addition of eight new entrepreneurs to its project in Ethiopia. With the ability to generate income and save profits, these women can better protect themselves and their families against health emergencies and changes in food security, and are more able to make investments for the future, such as in the education of their children.
Name: Worknesh Aigoda
Background: Worknesh is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is engaged in injera (a traditional Ethiopian bread) and local bread making business. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business.
Name: Rawda Turaga
Background: Rawda is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is planning to launch an injera and local bread making business. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business.
Name: Abaynesh Tollo
Background: Abaynesh is a widow and she supports her five children. She has attempted to run a business to support her children but lacks the seed money. Support from Pathfinder will enable her to begin a vegetable trading business.
Name: Birhan Demewoze
Background: Birhan is a single mother with four children. She is engaged in the used cloths trade to support her children’s education.
Name: Etenesh Yalew
Background: Etensh is a single mother with five children and is engaged in the vegetable trade. Without support from Pathfinder, she would not have the initial funds to begin a business to support the family.
Name: Beletu Baineso
Background: Beletu has four children and is the head of the household. She has no other source of income and is certain that the Pathfinder-supported vegetable trading activities she begins will enable her to support her family.
Name: Woinshet Sisay
Background: Woinshet is also engaged in the vegetable trade, but is failing to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from the small business.
Name: Neima Mohamed
Background: Neima is engaged in the grain trade, but is failing to maintain income-generating activity due to lack of capital. She is the head of her household and her livelihood is based on the profits from this business.
PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES
We are also pleased to announce that 13 Ethiopian women have begun income generating projects with support from generous GlobalGiving donors. Overall, the funds have enabled many of the women to leave the dangerous and exhausting business of firewood collection to pursue more lucrative, safe, and sustainable businesses in a variety of areas, including making and selling Injera (a traditional Ethiopian bread) and selling charcoal, grain, butter, and other items. As a result of their new ventures, many of the women are recording profits and have since been able to open savings accounts, which offer increased security for the women and their families. Moreover, the women report that their ability to yield profits in their new businesses has helped them to play a more active role in their communities. By demonstrating their capabilities, they garner respect in society and develop the confidence to address their needs and pursue opportunity.
Alemush Girma, a 40 year old divorced mother, began a charcoal selling business through Global Giving donations. She has radically improved her living conditions since leaving the firewood business. She states “These days I am very happy, I am very motivated for work as I am able to move here and there and feed myself with the grant I got... I am able to use my capacity for such work.” She now has savings, which she deposits in a bank account, and has become involved in the social affairs of her community.