With support from Irish Aid, CST (Cafod, Sciaf, Trócaire) and the Organisation for Women in Self Employment, Adanech received business training and loans which helped her buy more stock of Araki, and supplies of a home-made beer, Tala.
Adanech started by buying five litre cartons of the spirit and selling small glasses for 10 birr (18c) each. As her business was well located on a main street, she quickly paid back her loans. She is now able to buy 60 litre jerry cans of Araki to sell, and Tala in bulk.
“My income increased immediately which allowed me to help my children with clothes, food, and school. I never buy anything for myself, though, I save, save, save all my money. I am protecting my family, teaching my children not to repeat my life,” Adanech said.
The mother-of-four now has big plans for her future.
“I want to sell coffee next, not just Araki and Tala. I want to be a coffee shop owner. I believe I can do it. I have the vision now because of the programme. I believe in myself. I am a hard-working lady and it’s paying off.”
“I am very thankful for the people of Ireland. May God protect you all. Please keep supporting us, there are many more who need your help.”