Beza's Women's Empowerment Program
Tirzah International's Partner in Ethiopia
It’s never too late to show God’s love to someone in need. Abenet* is 65 years old, has three children and is the oldest member of Cooperation for Development. That’s the name of one of this year’s support groups in the Women’s Empowerment Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The program, which teaches women small business skills, is run by the Beza Community Development Association, Tirzah’s partner in the region. Women in the program develop a business plan and receive training on how to run their businesses as well as health and general care. Abenet’s aspiration is to raise chickens and sell eggs to her community.
Although the median age for students of the BCDA program is quite a bit younger, a decision was made to accept Abenet into the program based on her circumstances. As an aging HIV positive and illiterate woman, Abenet was living a meager, dependent existence. The staff chose to follow Christ’s lead and bring life and healing to this vulnerable woman. Abenet was brought into the program to learn, be nurtured and in turn, love and nurture her fellow students and community. Her maturity and wisdom have already strengthened and empowered the Cooperation for Development group.
*Not her real name