Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Abandoned African Mothers Learning about Business

The 50 Ethiopian single mothers, who gathered for a class at the Children’s Hope- House of Hope in Addis Ababa, learned how they can start a business. It is a basic course in entrepreneurship to help the women see the possibilities of supporting their families.

Often married before even becoming teenagers, uneducated and now abandoned by their husbands, they struggle to feed their children. Children’s Hope has helped all 50 mothers with rent and food for several years, but becoming less dependent starts with business training. Showing the women how they can provide for themselves by creating a sustainable flow of income is the goal of the class.

“Whether it was death from AIDS or their husbands walked away, these single mothers in Ethiopia struggle to provide for their children,” said Cory Barron, Children’s Hope Development Aid.

A micro-loan will be available to any class participant who applies with a viable business plan. The Children’s Hope small business loan program will help the single mothers open a road side stand, rent a shop, or buy inventory and supplies.

Children’s Hope International Foundation provides hope for international orphans and children living in poverty through medical care, sustainable nutrition, safe drinking water, family preservation, and education; impacting the lives of thousands in China, Ethiopia, Colombia, Russia, Vietnam and India.  

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