YWCA in Ethiopia

Socio-Economic Empowerment

Women and youth are socio -economically empowered and benefit from the development of the country

YWCA is working to enhance availability of a safe decent and sustainable economic opportunity for women and youth in Ethiopia. Accordingly, the capacity of women and youth to create employment opportunities for themselves, generate income, manage and access financial services will be enhanced. Towards that end, YWCA is playing the key role on increasing the availability of financial literacy trainings, income generation activities and skills development opportunities as a main focus of intervention.

Key Activites

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Creatung Decent Employment & Income

Strengthening the capacity of young women to create decent employment opportunities , generate income, manage and access financial services will be enhanced.

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Entrepreneurship & Business Training

Play active role on increasing the availability of entrepreneurship, business & financial literacy trainings, income generation activities & community based skills development opportunities.

Our Projects:

Self Help Group (SHG) approach is a three tier people’s institution: SHG, CLA and Timeret. One SHG constitutes between 15-20 poor and socially marginalized women, CLA is a network of 8-12 strong SHGs and Timeret is a town/local level people’s apex institution that represents the entire community.

The SHG approach organizes 15-20 poor, marginalized and neighborhood women of similar socio-economic backgrounds. In most cases, particularly in urban areas, SHGs have weekly regular meetings where they discuss on their social and economic issues. Initially, SHGs are formed “without agenda” but when they meet, they start setting their prioritized socio-economic agendas. Internal rules and regulations that support the growth and survival of people’s institutions grow step by step from within. All members take different responsibilities at different times turn by turn, which implants equal empowerment among the members. The approach promotes regular weekly optional saving where the minimum amount that all SHG members can save is decided on but the maximum amount is left for individual members as a rule. Every woman in SHGs has access to loan from their group saving with agreed interest rate, loan amount, repayment time and plan. The approach believes that capacity building trainings and exposure visits help the poor to unleash their potentials.