Project Hopeful Awassa’s ultimate goal is to come to the aid of vulnerable women and children and if possible restore families and help them reach financial stability and independence.
While sponsorship is a beautiful program and can form lifelong relationships we believe that God intended for families to provide for themselves so, when possible, we strive to empower widows and family caretakers to achieve independence and then graduate from our Family In the Gap program.
In some cases rather than sponsorship we are able to provide training and seed money for ladies to start businesses which enables them to be financially stable enough to support their families with no outside assistance. Not only do the ladies gain the ability to feed and clothe their children and ensure their education they also receive restored dignity.
One of the best things we get to experience on our trips is to spend some time with the business ladies who have started their businesses through the efforts of our partners at Ajuuja and funded by the generous PHA donors. We hear story after story form the ladies about how their lives have changed for the better.
They say things like –
“I was idle and could not provide for my family but now I can and my children are in school!”
“I was just at home with no income but now I have a business.”
The ladies are always excited to meet us and tell us about their businesses and what they are making and selling. Each chooses something they’d like to and then they take off. They sell eggs, injera, coffee, tea, bread, flour, butter, chickens and so on.
Yichal make blankets basket covers and other knitted cloth items. Her craftsmanship is amazing.
Metasebia started out selling coffee but sold less than 10 cups per day so she quickly decided to restart and bought hens and began selling eggs. Soon she began to sell prepared food in addition to her egg business. Her reputation as a great cook grew and the business expanded. Today she operates a café that sells full traditional meals and seats around 60 people. We had the opportunity to have a meal there which was amazing!! As she shared about her business success she proudly told us that not only is she able to provide for her family but that she also has hired two employees who are now able to support their families!
We currently have 3 groups of ladies ready to start their businesses and the path to being self-sufficient. Thirty ladies will soon have the opportunity to begin a new life. The ladies selected for the program are in deep poverty. They work in groups and are accountable to each other, to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and to Ajuuja. Our God has used this program to lift so many ladies from poverty and have the privilege of witnessing these transformations. They have a savings account on their own and then even have a savings account within the group if someone has an emergency money need that they can borrow from.
$250 per lady is all it takes! Please pray that we will quickly raise the funds necessary to get them going.
$2,500 would fund an entire work group. Anyone have a Sunday School class, book club, business or women’s ministry group looking for a project to contribute to?
This is perfect and the results are fast and unbelievable.
Current groups waiting to start:
10 in Hawassa Zuria
10 in Bona
10 in Aleta Chuko
Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can donate below or set up your own crowdfunding page here:
You can also just text EIP to 71777 to donate!