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Hi, my name is Marshet Begena and I am a 27-year-old woman born in Hawasa, I was unemployed and struggling financially. It was a tough time for me until I discovered ESD’s professional hairdressing training program.
I enrolled in the program and completed three months of training at Solomon Abegaz Beauty Training Institute. With the skills I learned, I launched a beauty salon business with my friends. We offer a variety of services, including hair styling, Shuruba/braid, pedicures, manicures, and bridal makeup. Our top customers are brides who come from rural areas.
Thanks to the training we received from ESD, we are now profitable and able to cover our running costs. We have even started saving money to expand our business by establishing a beauty training institution and a children’s beauty salon.
I am so grateful to ESD for their support and follow-up. Without their help, I would not have been able to start my own business and achieve the success I have today.
My name is Wuchale, and I was one of the beneficiaries of Biruh Phase One. I live in Hawassa Zuriya Woreda/District in Lebu Koromo Kebele. I am married and have two children, a son and a daughter. Before ESD came into my life, I was struggling financially and was considered poor in the community.
ESD gave me the chance to get support from the Biruh project. They provided me with training on the advantages of saving, basic business skills, resource management, life skills, family planning, and the essence of SRH. The training was useful in changing my livelihood.
In addition to the training, I also received two goats from ESD. Within two years, each goat had given birth to twins of lambs, and the number of my goats increased to 12. As a result, I sold 10 of my goats and bought a cow. Now, I generate an income of 40 Birr from sales of milk, out of which I save 10 Birr daily.
Thanks to ESD’s support, I managed to attend a school six kilometers away from my hometown. Now, I am preparing to take the National Exam for grade 12. My personal savings have aggregated to 1000 Birr, and I have a future plan of building a house in Dore Town.
I am so grateful to ESD and its donors for enabling me to envision a bright future in my life. Without their support, I would not have been able to achieve the success I have today.
My name is Eyob Mikias, and I am a 30-year-old man born in Debrebirhan town. I had to drop out of school after the 9th grade due to my family’s economic problems. I started working as a daily laborer to support my family, but it was still challenging to have a secure income to provide for them.
One day, while I was struggling with my finances, I heard some good news. The kebele was recruiting beneficiaries for vocational training, and I decided to apply. I was fortunate enough to be selected by the kebele recruiting committee, and I joined the three-month theoretical and practical training.
After completing the training, I launched a dairy farm with my friends. ESD provided us with a startup-capital, which helped us get started. Our hard work and dedication paid off, and our dairy farm became successful. We now earn Birr 60,000 per month, and we produce mozzarella cheese and other dairy products from our six cows.
Thanks to ESD’s support and the vocational training, my friends and I have been able to live a better life. This success has encouraged us to dream of a brighter future and a bigger dairy farm. We are grateful to ESD and its donors for enabling us to achieve this success and envisioning a better future for ourselves and our families.
My name is Bitaniya, and I have been an ICT teacher at ANDINET PRIMARY school for the past six months. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to train 478 students, 293 of whom are female and 185 are male. These students are in grades 5th through 8th, and I have been using the module prepared by ESD to teach them.
After completing the training, the students have shown remarkable progress in using Word, Excel, and the internet. The availability of the internet has made it easier for them to access technology.
Before ESD’s intervention, students had no chance to use computers before joining high school. Teachers used to prepare rosters and grade details manually, which was time-consuming and prone to errors. However, after ESD trained us and provided computer accessibility at the school, the grading system has been computerized. This has made roster preparation and grading computation accurate, efficient, and time-saving. Thanks to ESD’s support, we have been able to introduce technology into our teaching methods and improve our students’ learning outcomes.
STUDENT NATNAEL DESTA a 7th-grade student who has been attending ICT class since I was a 5th-grade student. I want to be a space scientist and am passionate about innovative works and producing so far different valuable items by recycling locally available materials.
STUDENT RAHEL TEKLEHAYMANOT, Before the establishment of the IT center, we did not have access to computer technology or awareness about the digital world. However, thanks to ESD’s support, we are now well aware of the digital world and how to gather information from the internet. This has allowed us to become more creative and solve problems by producing different items from things that were once considered scrap or not useful.
My name is Rawa Endeshaw, and I am 18 years old. I live in South Wollo Kutaber town and am currently in grade 9. When the conflict started in Tigiry, it quickly spread to the Amhara region, including my town. The violence and attacks that followed disrupted the lives of many South Wollo residents, including myself and my friends Sakim Mohaamed and Ekram Ababu.
Before the conflict, I was a vibrant student who loved going to school. However, after the conflict erupted, our lives were turned upside down. Most of my neighbors and loved ones were forced to flee their homes, including my family. We had to leave suddenly at midnight without taking any of our belongings with us.
As a result of the conflict, school was suspended, and I was out of school for months. It was a difficult time for me and my family, as we struggled to make ends meet. We had to gather firewood in the IDP and sometimes trade in the market to earn money to buy food.
But thanks to ESD and the Malala Fund, we received support to help us get back to school. This included capacity building training for teachers and students on the psychosocial impact of conflict, awareness on returning to school, minimizing dropout rates, trauma management, trauma-informed practice, and supporting enrollment.
Our school was rejuvenated and furnished thanks to ESD’s efforts. We received new desks, drawer tables, and shelves that significantly improved our learning environment. ESD also provided us with school supplies and hygiene and sanitation materials.
I am so grateful to ESD and the Malala project for their support during this difficult time. Thanks to their help, I can continue attending school and working towards my future dreams.