When I Pour Life found Birtukan, she was hopeless with very low self-esteem. She was living on her husband’s income from begging. Birtukan is married to a handicapped man who begs for a living. She has one child called Banchamlak and was nominated a year ago. She was repeatedly told by her husband that she does not fit in anywhere. Her low self-perception kept her at home doing nothing. She was the most demolished women.
After completion of the ten-day training at I Pour Life, she described how her low self-perception affected her life and how the “mindset and identity” session of the training fixed it. Birtukan was very emotional recalling the opportunities she had missed because of the label her husband and others had put on her. Birtukan is now doing her business (coffee and tea) successfully. She said, “From the day I took the training my self-perception become different.”
Now Birtukan is full of hope and has a better idea of how she can improve her life. She is persistent to change her family’s livelihood. She has changed her husband’s attitude towards her by her hard work and tangible changes. He couldn’t believe how she become confident and able to improve their family’s life. He became helpful rather than criticizing her work. Her daughter is staying in the I Pour Life Early Childhood Development center so that she can have enough time for her business.
Birtukan is hoping to open her own cafeteria by earning more money through the cooperative I Pour Life has established. She is working towards being able to send her child, Banchamlak, to private school when she reaches school age.