|Demaketch Sirgota has created a secure livelihood for herself, and employment for two of her daughters, since she set up an Ethiopian Dress Shop in Butajera town.|
The venture has been made possible thanks to credit that she has received from a local Self Help savings and credit co-operative (SACCO), which provided her with initial seed capital to start the venture, and has since given her three loans that she has used to grow her business.
She buys a range of cloth, textiles and traditional dresses from the markets in Addis Ababa, and has set up a successful retail business, with the help of two of her daughters.
A mother of ten, Demaketch Sirgota has ambitious plans for the future too. She is currently setting aside 100 birr (€8) from her profits every month, and is planning to use her savings to purchase her own shop.
‘At the moment I am renting this premises, but I want to buy my own, and may then expand my business even further’, she says.
Self Help Africa in Ethiopia
|Self Help Africa began working in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s, and the organisation's model for integrated rural development programmes was first developed in the country.|
The organisation is currently engaged in implementing a series of area based programmes, and measures to build capacity at regional level, so that communities can improve their lives and the living standards and conditions of their people.