Womankind Worldwide

Building brighter futures for women in Ethiopia

Women in rural Ethiopia are saving and earning their own income in self-help groups supported by Womankind’s partner Siiqqee. The strongest self-help groups will form women-led cooperatives giving women financial independence, leadership skills and increased social status.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (328206)

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Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£30,072

Donations

127

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • I have empowered myself and changed my life through running my own market stall. I have many plans for the future. I want to build my own home and support my children‚Äôs education. I want to continue developing my business and make it more successful.

    — Bekelu, member of the Sebeta self-help group

  • I have empowered myself and changed my life through running my own market stall. I have many plans for the future. I want to build my own home and support my children’s education. I want to continue developing my business and make it more successful.

    — Bekelu, member of the Sebeta self-help group

Situation

Women in Ethiopia face discrimination in all aspects of life; 59% have experienced sexual violence from a partner, 74% of women have undergone female genital mutilation, and their low status limits their access to credit and land. Without an income, a woman is at greater risk of violence and she cannot make decisions that affect her life. An independent income is key for women to control their own lives.

Solution

When a woman is financially active, her voice is listened to and counted, her spouse and children benefit and her risk of violence is dramatically reduced. Siiqqee will mobilise the strongest self-help groups to form cooperatives, giving women opportunities to increase their income. A market survey will assess local markets and training will be provided to ensure the women have the skills and resources they need to build a successful and sustainable group business.