Children living in Koshe, Ethiopia, miss school because they have to help their families generate income. We will set up self-help groups to empower impoverished women in this community socially and economically, improving general family welfare and increasing school attendance.
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Education is a basic right for all children, and it helps to break the cycle of poverty, improving socio-economic outcomes in the long term. In Koshe, an impoverished district in southern Ethiopia, where the economy is almost entirely agricultural, climate change is leaving families struggling to feed their children and to make enough money to live. As a result, many children miss school or drop out altogether so they can help their families to generate income.
We aim to address this problem by setting up self-help groups (SHGs) for 225 women from Koshe. Koshe is culturally male-dominated, but the women make decisions about children’s wellbeing and education. SHGs will empower women to have more influence in their homes and make better decisions for their families, including sending their children to school. Setting up small businesses will increase women’s incomes, so children do not have to participate in income generating activities.
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