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.
PfC cooperates with The Good Samaritan Training Center to help women get relevant vocational training. GSTC has provided vocational training for 14 years, and has now expanded its activities to provide 216 young women with skills that will enable them to become part of Ethiopia’s workforce.
The project PfC is engaged in, “Young Women Socio-Economic”, is tailored to provide the training young women and mothers need to earn their own money and create a better life for themselves and their children.
216 very poor women participate annually in this project where they receive training in hairdressing and beauty services, food preparation, catering and industrial sewing. The training centre is fully equipped to provide the women with relevant training and practice.
As part of the effort to make GSTC financially sustainable, PfC has also contributed strategic and operational support to the development of a model for combining training and income-generating activities. This has resulted in a plan whereby participants in the programme also operate a bakery and cafe. PfC has invested in these income-generating activities. The aim is for the centre to become financially independent in the future by using the revenues from the bakery and cafe business to finance the delivery of the training. The bakery is now in operation, and the café operation is under construction.