Family Empowerment Program

Our Family Empowerment Program shifts the narrative; it helps keep struggling families together.

 To date, we have enrolled over 260 families in our Family Empowerment Program in Ethiopia with an average increased income of approximately 300% — and many of these families now have 2-3 years of self-sufficiency under their belt! Not only does the program help families to thrive, but it ripples outward into the community as families grow their businesses, create even more jobs, and pour into the local economy.

Family empowerment is more than just a process or program, it is family preservation and orphan prevention.


Around the world, the family unit plays a key role in the stability of the local society—a fact that is especially true in developing nations. Another fact is this: communities whose economies are struggling at the very local level often see high levels of orphaned and abandoned children. These abandoned children—sometimes referred to as “poverty orphans” are left to fend for themselves because parents cannot provide for them. They are often taken to orphanages in the hope that they’ll have a better life, be educated, and have a higher chance of survival. This is a choice that no parent should ever have to make

Our Family Empowerment program seeks to change this reality. By walking alongside each family as they take significant, proven steps, the program shifts the narrative; it helps keep families together. It helps them directly thrive in their community, but more than that – it ripples outward into the entire community itself. As more and more families are empowered through the Program, the outlook of the entire community improves. The local economy strengthens, which leads to more opportunity for everyone.



  • 191 graduates so far, with another 76 already enrolled
  • 150 families projected to graduate in 2018
  • 300% average increase in monthly household income
  • 945 children of program families enrolled in school, with 28 at the university level
  • 208 business started through program, including 17 new additional businesses started by graduates
Just $1,000 takes a family through a 7-step road to sustainability that ripples outward into the entire community.