Women’s Empowerment System

I Pour Life Ethiopia established Global Women’s Empowerment in 2014 to help women in Kore use their innate strengths and talents to launch their own businesses, and in turn, sustainably lift themselves out of poverty. Today, over 398 of women have been through the program and over 1791 lives have been transformed.

Women are trained in key business and finance skills necessary to start entrepreneurial ventures and managing households. With the provision of in-kind start-up capital, they are launched as self-sufficient business owners, elevating women who were once beggars to respected business owners in their community.

Women's Empowerment participants

Lives transformed in the community

As the program has expanded, I Pour Life Ethiopia has provided new income-generating activities beyond entrepreneurship through coaching and training, including employment as house cleaners and manual labor with a construction company. I Pour Life Ethiopia is also establishing The Wash House, a partnership with Evangel University’s Enactus program.

SAVINGS & CREDIT COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION

Working to attain the goal of self-sufficiency, I Pour Life Ethiopia supported the strategic assembly of 53 women and 21 youth to form a Savings and Credit Cooperative Association (SACCA) in Woreda 1 of Kolfe Keranyo Sub City in Addis Ababa. These marginalized groups have been excluded from the finance institutions of the country all their lives. Now, as the members of SACCA, they can borrow money from it, start their businesses, and save their profits. It is only through this system that they have the opportunity and the autonomy to develop the “culture of saving” and entrepreneurship.

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC
EMPOWERMENT IMPACT

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INCREASE IN SAVINGS

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IMPROVEMENT IN LIFESTYLE

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BUSINESS/JOB RETENTION

I Pour Life Ethiopia established Global Women’s Empowerment in 2014 to help women in Kore use their innate strengths and talents to launch their own businesses, and in turn, sustainably lift themselves out of poverty. Today, over 398 of women have been through the program and over 1791 lives have been transformed.

Women are trained in key business and finance skills necessary to start entrepreneurial ventures and managing households. With the provision of in-kind start-up capital, they are launched as self-sufficient business owners, elevating women who were once beggars to respected business owners in their community.

Women's Empowerment participants

Lives transformed in the community
As the program has expanded, I Pour Life Ethiopia has provided new income-generating activities beyond entrepreneurship through coaching and training, including employment as house cleaners and manual labor with a construction company. I Pour Life Ethiopia is also establishing The Wash House, a partnership with Evangel University’s Enactus program.

SAVINGS & CREDIT COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION

Working to attain the goal of self-sufficiency, I Pour Life Ethiopia supported the strategic assembly of 53 women and 21 youth to form a Savings and Credit Cooperative Association (SACCA) in Woreda 1 of Kolfe Keranyo Sub City in Addis Ababa. These marginalized groups have been excluded from the finance institutions of the country all their lives. Now, as the members of SACCA, they can borrow money from it, start their businesses, and save their profits. It is only through this system that they have the opportunity and the autonomy to develop the “culture of saving” and entrepreneurship.

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"No one ages out of our family, so all are welcome at these dinners." On the second Thursday of...

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