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Alternative source of income for women in Addis Ababa

Since 2013, the International Institution of Rural Reconstruction, a non-governmental organization, has implemented projects with the funds of the Polish Aid addressed to the local community residing in the Kimphee tropical forest. These projects usually supported the most impoverished members of the community and allowed them to gain both skills and equipment to start their services activities. All the projects contained an element connected with developing awareness on environment protection, especially in terms of closeness to the forest (illegally cut down by the residents). In 2015, the organisation extended aid to the residents of kebeles situated on the other side of the forest (over 2,500 residents in total). These are very poor areas, where there is not enough farm land and no opportunities for the residents to find employment.

Due to the clashes which occurred in Oromo in December 2015 and the lack of guarantee for safe passage for monitoring reasons, the organisation decided to suspend the operations in the area of the Bishangari forest in 2016 and focus on the area of the Mount Entoto covered with the eucalyptus forest.

Alternative source of income for women in Addis Ababa

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 15 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Addis Ababa and a non-governmental organization - the International Institution of Rural Reconstruction. The Institution is a global organisation which focuses on sustainable development of the Asian and African societies.

The project provides for creating an opportunity for generating an alternative and relatively stable source of income for 70 women by training them, supporting the legalisation of the cooperative and providing equipment necessary to begin their activities. Training courses in cotton yarning, manufacturing leather products and sewing were planned. The selection of activities was dictated by the existing demand for such products. It will not only allow women to financially support their activity, but also make profits. 

The project will begin with a meeting of the local community, the governmental office and representatives of the partner to jointly select 70 beneficiaries. Such attitude stems from the experience gained. The joint selection of the most deprived members of the community helps to avoid further problems and accusations of nepotism or the lack of transparency. It also presents an opportunity to inform the community about the project.

Then, the equipment (for yarning, sewing leather or tailoring) necessary for carrying out the courses and subsequent work will be purchased. Altogether, seven 10-person groups will be created (3 “cotton”, 2 ”leather” and 2 “tailoring” groups). The groups will register their activity in the form of cooperatives. The cooperatives will own the equipment purchased. The rooms will be made available by the administrative unit for free. The partner has also contacted the vocational training centre to find trainers who would conduct the courses. Each training course will also have a component devoted to the so-called business skills. 

For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.2329.

Alternative source of income for women in Addis Ababa

The beneficiaries of the project are the families of 70 women from Gullele, the subcity of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, who received the opportunity to earn additional income, thus increasing their quality of life. 

The project was implemented between 8 August and 15 December 2016. As planned, 70 jobs were created. Finally, three separate groups were created based on the type of activity - cotton yarning, tailoring and manufacturing leather products. All three groups participated in training courses organised in cooperation with the Sub City Technical and Vocational Education Training Office and the Guellele TVET Institute. Equipment necessary for carrying out training courses and subsequent business activity was purchased. At the end of the project, all the women took state exams assessing their qualifications. All the women from the “cotton” group and 17 women from the “tailoring” and 16 from the “leather” groups passed the exam.

More machines were purchased than it was planned. Additionally, the training courses were extended and furniture was purchased for the rooms where the women were to work in the future. The co-financing also covered the examination costs.

The value of the project amounted to 29,026 American dollars and was fully financed by the Polish Aid.