Beza's Women's Empowerment Program
Tirzah International's Partner in Ethiopia
Sometimes hope is hard to see. If anyone had a right to feel life was hopeless, it’s Adowa.* She is a 32-year-old woman who was living on the streets in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with her three children. She had no husband, no education and an HIV positive diagnosis. Her future was bleak. She was like many women on the African continent who are in the same position and who are fighting for survival.
But there is hope for Adowa. She was accepted into the Women’s Empowerment Program which is run by Tirzah’s Ethiopia partner, the Beza Community Development Association. In June 2015, she began the small business training. This is more than a class in entrepreneurship. It is a program designed to provide a holistic approach--addressing the financial, medical, emotional struggles the women in the program face. The program is also instrumental in making sure the children of the women receive the support they need to stay in school so the grinding cycle of illiteracy and poverty can be broken.
When she finishes the program, Adowa’s goal is to establish a business selling traditional Ethiopian clothing. Now that she’s begun the program, Adowa believes the future is bright. Hope is a beautiful thing. Just check out her smile.
*Not her real name