Empowering Women with low Income


A chance for 39 poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged women
in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Tigist Ayele is living in Ethiopia, Addis Abeba. She has a BA diploma in Management, Accounting, Food and Nutrition. Since 2014, she took part in every Ruhpolding workshop.
In her NGO called “Miraf Hulegeb”, she focuses on empowering 39 poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged women, and 25 elementary school children. The project is about a microenterprise. The women are learning financial, material, technical and basic business skills like saving and bookkeeping. At the same time they get a training in hygiene and agricultural methodology, sanitation and communication. They receive 30 € to buy seeds, growing bags for the vegetable plants, and to follow their own ideas about a small business. The women pay back their loan to 100%. Thus, further women can participate, like in a revolving fund.

On average they have 5 children who now can go to school because they have a full lunch box and clean school uniforms and books.

In a second step, this pilot project will go on in a larger scale. In cooperation with Karl Kübel Foundation and BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development — Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) it will offer credits for 400 women and their children.