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.
WHY FAMILY EMPOWERMENT?
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
STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT
Personal success is a powerful thing! Because of donors like you, our local leaders are able to invest in the personal success of hundreds of women and their families. The impact is immense and the ripple effects immeasurable. We are so grateful to all of you, and...read more
Birtikan Gobeze is 40 years old and lives in Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia. She is married and has two children, as well as a foster child. Her husband works as a security guard, and the family had little income. Birtikan recently joined the Family Empowerment Program and...read more
In Drouin, the greatest aim and purpose of the school and our sponsorship program is to empower and keep families together. This community of rice farmers was one of the hardest hit by the Cholera epidemic, and by the effect of subsidized U.S. rice...read more
"Every child deserves a family." These are the words and motto of Aschalew Abebe and his team in Ethiopia. They work tirelessly to support the local community by empowering families to thrive. Their empowerment program creates ripple effects outward into the entire...read more
A few months ago, we introduced you to Chaltu while on our #LoveHopeEthiopia trip. Here's an update! When Chaltu first opened her shop after completing the Family Empowerment Program in Wolaita Sodo, she was just selling regular goods in her store. Then, she branched...read more
Meet Moreen. She is a bright, ambitious young woman from Jinja, Uganda, with dreams of starting her own business one day. But, it did not always seem like this might come true. Moreen was born when her mother was 16 years old. Her father had too many wives and could...read more