PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES TEN NEW LOAN GRANTEES FOR INCOME GENERATION
Thanks to the generous support from Global Giving donors, Pathfinder is pleased to announce the addition of ten 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. They are now able to make investments for the future, including the education of their children.
Name: Etagegn Bika
Background: Etagegn is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is supporting three children and is very poor. She is engaged in the injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin a business.
Name: Simegne Tadesse
Background: Simegne is a widow and is very poor. She is planning to launch an injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin a business.
Name: Worknesh Aigoda
Background: Worknesh is a widow and the sole provider for her family. She is engaged in the injera business. With support from Pathfinder, she has the initial funds to begin the business that will support herself and her two children.
Name: Rawda Turga
Background: Rawda is a widow and the sole provider for her five children. 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 supporting 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: Woinshet Sisay
Background: Woinshet is also engaged in the vegetable trade, but is struggling 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. She is supporting four children.
Name: Mulu Agi
Background: Mulu is a widow and a single mother of seven children. Support from Pathfinder will help her succeed in the vegetable trade.
Name: Ketsela Mengistu
Background: Ketsela is a widow with four children. She is engaged in the vegetable trade.
Name: Neima Mohamed
Background: Neima is engaged in the grain trade, but is struggling 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.
Name: Etenesh Yalew
Background: Etenesh is a widowed single mother with three children and is engaged in the vegetable trade. With support from Pathfinder, she will have the initial funds to begin a business to support the family.
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 Global Giving 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.