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 […]