In Ethiopia, women are a marginalised and vulnerable group. A key reason is that women have not traditionally been part of the country’s paid workforce, preventing them from achieving social and financial independence. PfC’s projects are designed to boost opportunities for women and youth. In cooperation with our partners we give women access to suitable vocational training, we promote job creation by investing in businesses and have specially designed programmes for women entrepreneurs and young girls.
Vocational training for poor girls
The Good Samaritan Training Center (GSTC) in Addis Ababa provides vocational training to poor and marginalised women. The goal is to empower young women to create a better life for themselves and their children. A key to this is to give them training that provides them with relevant skills that match the needs of the local labour market.
Ensure schooling for vulnerable girls
In cooperation with Siiqqee Women’s Development Association, PfC promotes economic independence through education and entrepreneurship among girls at selected schools in the Oromia region. The goal is to keep girls in school and motivate them to seek further schooling and a university education.
Entrepreneurship – from wood to weaving
Gulele is known for traditional, hand-woven textiles. Historically it is the men who work as weavers, while the women are relegated to heavy, manual labour. A PfC-supported project has enabled women in the area to start up their own weaving business and become financially independent.
The women who started their own restaurant
With local women as entrepreneurs, owners and operators, a restaurant serving traditional Ethiopian food has become a major success in Bahir dar – one of Ethiopia’s main tourist destinations. The restaurant now employs 75 women. PfC has provided financial support to establish the business.
Empower young female designers
Through arranging Women’s Entrepreneurship Day since 2014, PfC has developed a contact network of women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. This was strengthened when PfC was responsible for arranging a women’s trade delegation from Ethiopia to Norway in 2015. PfC has continued its cooperation with various groups of women entrepreneurs.
Skills for women in the coffee industry
Several women coffee farmers participated in the women’s trade delegation from Ethiopia to Norway in 2015. During the visit, a need for skills development in this group was identified, and PfC now has its own skills development programme for women in the coffee industry.