“My name is Fikre Ayano. I am 27 years old. I grew up in the countryside near Gondar, in the north of Ethiopia. My parents are farmers. They could not afford to send me to school, so I came to Addis Ababa to live with my aunt 7 years ago to find a job. There are more opportunities for work and education in the capital city, but I really didn’t know what to expect! When I was laid off from my parking job last year, the struggle was even harder. I found other work as a daily laborer. Really hard and the pay is not great. I earned $50 a month and my rent is $35!
I became quite depressed. I registered in my district to send Amanuel to school as I could’t afford it. Soon after I had a visit from the Hope Enterprises team. They asked me about my situation. To my surprise they told me Amanuel could attend their free school in Ayertena, and that he would also have free meals there. I never imagined this was possible, I was the happiest person!”
As she was in such a difficult situation, Fikre was also offered a spot in HOPE’s new tailoring training course. The certified training teaches women skills in making men and women’s clothes, school uniforms and Ethiopian traditional items, which are all in high demand in the capital. The training lasted 4 months, after which Fikre was certified, The future for Fikre and her son now looks very promising.!
Related work: Women’s Empowerment