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. When I came to Kore I was looking 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. She had to beg on the streets to make any money she could to provide for her daughter, Sitota. Growing more and more desperate each day, Alemitu placed her daughter on the government’s half-orphan list. This put Sitota at risk of going to an orphanage.

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

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. Alemitu is also now able to 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 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. 

Read about the I Pour Life Ethiopia programs in Kore by visiting Orphan PreventionWomen’s Empowerment, and Youth Development.

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