Successes story (from BCDA Entoto Women Empowerment Project)


Hana Alemu is a 34 year’s old married mother. Both Hana and Endale Godena (her husband) are living with HIV. They have four children (M-2 & F-2). All their children are free from HIV infection. They are currently living in Entoto Mountain in a small rented home.  She lives with her family and was supporting herself and her family by selling Ethiopian traditional cloths and different jewelry items that are locally made.

What does she think about the program? It has been very important for her and her family daily living. Before she joined BCDA’s Entoto women empowerment program, she was engaged in daily labor and could not able to support her family because of low income. Once she joined the program, she got different capacity building trainings such as basic SHG formation, business identification, and the concept & importance of saving, health education trainings and others.

What other benefits does she get from the program? In the project Income Generating Activities (IGA), she has started to gain money through her own individual business. She has received seed money to start her business. She is active and recently selling Ethiopian traditional cloths and different jewelry items. This time, she is fully fulfilling her children’s need.

What did you use the profit for? For household needs. She was also able to save to expand her business

What do you expect in the future? In future, when the IGA strengthens she says “I can expand my business change mine & my family’s life with the help of the project through loan”. When the mothers begin to see the benefit of the project for their children they engage properly. “Other community members want to join the BCDA Entoto program” she says  …“Other organizations are giving food and providing a hand to mouth support, but not empowering mothers to change their lives”.  She thinks in the future her business may become very profitable.

What would she like to say to the donors? “I am very happy with the donors help. But practically if they saw face to face how my life has life had changed they would be so encouraged. This is not a simple thing she says!”


Asya is a resident of Nefas Mewucha Town, she is a 25 year old Muslim married lady. Both she and her husband are HIV sufferers, her husband is sick and often bed ridden- so she takes the responsibility to care for her family. She didn’t get the chance of any form of education. The family lives in one small rented room. Their income per month at the start of the project was approximately 50 birr, Seydu became a project beneficiary at the age of 2, and additionally there is a 7 year old.

Asya explained her situation shortly after joining the project ”Chance brought difficult challenges in my life; me and my family are suffering because of hunger and HIV. Basic needs including daily meals are commonly denied in our home. There is no hope in my children’s future.”

Now 2 years later Asya explained her situation: She is a member of the cotton spinning group. The group worked hard and got nearly 4000 Ethiopian Birr last quarter and income of 240 Ethiopian birr per mother. Additionally the group was able to save 60 Ethiopian birr. She told us ..” more than the money I value the good social relationship with my group. Before I stayed at home without any job which made me socially isolated. Now I learned many lessons. If we are working hard & utilize the opportunities & resource provided by Beza we will have a bright future.”


Asaya shared how she had benefited from the projects holistic care. “I have not words to express the changes in my 5 year old son Seydu: his clothing status, health treatment & especially in his social skills. 2 years ago he could not talk, now he is very active & communicate easily with everyone.  I praise God/Allah/ 

Success Story (from BCDA Entoto Women Empowerment Project)

Tigist Legese is a 30 years old from the current target women. She lives in Addis Ababa, around Mount Entoto, specifically near Saint Mary Church with her two daughters. Her daughters are Kelemua Girma 18 years old who is a grade 8 student and Sintayehu Tesfaye, 15 years old who is a grade 7 student. Both are medium learners/achievers. Originally, Tigist used to live in North Shoa, Amhara regional state (country side) during her early years. She left her original birth place and came to Addis Ababa in search of an alternative job opportunity. As soon as she arrived Addis Ababa she found nothing and things became worse and she went for a few days without eating. She tried to do her best to survive and she got a temporary job opportunity as a daily labor i.e. maid servant earning 300.00 ETB per month which is really difficult for her to feed herself and her family members. She also disclosed for the social worker that she has been living with the virus (HIV/AIDS) since 2010. As Tigist said, she used to live in a life with complicated social and economic problems and BCDA helped/supported her and saved her and her family. Tigist is one of our target women in Cooperation for Development SHG.  BCDA provided seed money to start up her individual business. This time, she is engaged in selling tea and bread. Her monthly income at this time is 600.00 ETB. Within this short period of time, her income is increasing and her business is improving from day to day. Therefore, her being HIV positive hasn’t hindered her from running her own business. Tigist appreciated the women Empowerment program in every support to make her improve her livelihood. She wants to have a mini-restaurant of her own in the long run.


Mister and her son Salamlak (4 years) have been beneficiaries since the start of the project.  She is a single mother, additionally she is living with HIV (taking ART) – but thankfully she is fit and well at this time.

She stated “when I joined the project I did not really expect much help. However I have received much benefit!” She has particularly found the medical support and social care helpful. Her son started Kindergarten this year and is benefiting much. He was awarded a prize for his good behavior at the midterm of the year.

Mister is a leader of the bread income generation group. The group enjoys good fellowship together- however they have faced many ups and downs over the last 2 years. The group is now becoming well organised, the government will give them a shop to sell their bread within the next month, and she believes that the small profit that they currently make will grow. She is hoping in the future that instead of daily labour they can work together full time in the bakery.