Ethiopia 2018


2nd NVC workshop in Ethopia
Addis Abeba, 14th February 2018

After the workshop in Ghana I went to Addis in Ethiopia to meet another member of the Ruhpolding training, Tigist.
We both worked with 39 illiterate women from the country side.
In our project, they receive a microlend of 30 € per person what they use for building up their own little business, like planting vegetables, making soap, baking typical Ethiopian food.
They pay back 100 % after half a year!
With the money they earn, they are able to support their family: their children go regularly to school, because they have a full lunchbox, they are clean and they gain self-esteem. Their mother is a business woman. Women power!

I did some training in NVC with them. This was not my easiest NVC event because the women cannot read or write and they speak Amharic. I had a translator who was not familiar with NVC.
To make them aware of any body sensations was the hardest part.
At the end they could distinguish between giving advice and listening.

If I realize that the children of 39 mothers with — in average 5 — go to school now, we can serve with the amount of 1170 € to bring 150 children regularly to school. With an education these children may see a different path for their future and well-being than getting 5 children themselves. They may get at a job.
I love this work of combining microcredits with mothers and NVC trainings, the most sustainable work I did so far. I see a grass route change of parts of our society in it. It makes a lot of sense to me.
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