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At that time, Berhe was in sixth grade at Tesfay Ferede Elementary School, struggling to survive. That’s when Berhe became one of our beneficiaries and began receiving critical support. However, he was still without a guardian. Because of his critical condition, he was allowed to benefit from an NPHCC “Goat-Project” program that allows goats to be given to orphan households to improve and strengthen them. NPHCC also helped Berhe secure a plot of land at the Athletics Training Center and provided for the purchase of vegetables seed and garden inputs so that he could start generating income by producing lettuce, cabbages, tomatoes, beets and carrots.Today, Berhe is a 21 year old college freshman. NPHCC is proud to have played such an integral role in Berhe’s survival and maturation. Through a coordinated effort, NPHCC was able to help him with educational materials, plus provide the psychosocial and medical support he needed to thrive.
“Since the association had a link with NPHHC, I heard about the SHG concept and joined. I ended up getting a loan and was able to buy one ton of cement. As I sold it, I ended up getting more and more customers. With the business skills training I received, I realized that by retailing cement, I was profiting 1200 ETB every two months. In addition to that revenue, I was also able to profit from my small restaurant that supplies “Tella” (a locally made beer like traditonal drink), “Besso and Tihllo” (local foods made of barely flour), plus a small shop that I owned.Before joining this care and support program, everything was dark and miserable. But now I see a bright light of hope and strength in my life. Now I am a businesswoman looking after profits, and I am happy because I am independent.”
One day, our village’s Kebele administration and NPHHC had called poor women for a meeting to discuss organizing women in a self-help scheme for economic empowerment. I learned all about SHG and ended up joining “Arsiema SHG” with other poor women like me.I took out a loan and invested 300 ETB on petty trade and urban gardening. I have been able to plant various types of vegetables and earned 1500- 2000 ETB. I was also able to settle my loan and save Birr 154 ETB after disposables. All of the women who resigned from our group have started to rejoin because they have seen how much the program has helped change our lives.”