When Alemitu first came to I Pour Life, she was one of the most poverty-stricken women we’ve ever met. She was extremely depressed and discouraged, telling us, “I have no one left. I came to Kore to find a solution for a medical issue, but since I’ve come, life has been the worst. I started living with a man to have a roof over my head, but he left me when he realized I was pregnant.”

Alemitu was scavenging for food from the trash dump just to survive and begging on the streets to make any money she could to provide for her daughter, Sitota. Growing more and more desperate each day, Alemitu placed Sitota on the government’s half-orphan list, putting her at risk of going to an orphanage. 

Alemitu learned trade skills to launch a business in Kore, Ethiopia.
Alemitu once scavenged for food from the trash dump, now she has a charcoal business to provide for her family.

Then, she heard about I Pour Life. She knocked on our office door one day asking to join our programs because she wanted a better life for her child and heard we could help.

Alemitu is now one of the most successful women in our Women’s Economic Empowerment program. She started a business selling charcoal and is now able to earn enough money to cover all her monthly expenses and eat three meals a day. Her daughter Sitota is thriving in our Early Childhood Development program. When Sitota started our program, our staff described her as “weak, malnourished, and shy.” Now, they describe her as the “the happiest and healthiest girl ever.” Alemitu’s dream is to keep working and grow her business to ensure her daughter can get a great education and inspire her to work hard for her dreams.

This is the life-changing development support that is possible through our monthly I Pour Life Ethiopia donors. Thank you for giving moms like Alemitu the practical support needed to keep her family together and give her hope for her future.

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