kebele-Lela-Honcho_zeny-vytvarejici-sobestacne-skupiny-ziskaly-kazda-z-projektu-par-ovci-ci-koz-copyWe are excited to announce that TEMPISH, a Czech company that makes a variety of high-quality skates, skateboards and other sporting equipment, has chosen to partner with Diaconia ECCB-CRD to support communities in need.  We share the same goal: to help people in need stand on their own.  To help us have an even greater impact, Tempish is generously donating $0.12 from every purchase of their inline skates to support one of our projects.

In 2016, TEMPISH is focusing on our project in Chuko, Ethiopia that advances female entrepreneurship.  We work to improve the social and economic standing of women by providing business training and microloans.  Among the reasons that TEMPISH has chosen this project, is their shared belief that by working together we can create even bigger results than when we work alone.   

In this project, we work with single women, many of whom are widows, who are the sole providers for their family. The goal of the project is to ensure that participants acquire the skills and capital necessary to improve their livelihoods.  By providing access to training and microloans, hardworking women in this community are better able to pay for basic necessities like food, medical care, and schooling for their children.  After receiving microloans, many women opt to start their own small businesses, which not only benefits their families, but enriches the entire community.

As part of the program, female leaders in the community help to organize various self-help groups that offer business and self-empowerment classes.  Together with TEMPISH, we are working with the women from these self-help groups to help them realize their potential.  One of their main goals is to create a business or co-op that is able to support their entire group.  Owning and operating their own mill has long been their dream, as it both fulfills a great need and creates even more business opportunity. 48.Zeny-ze-sdruzeni-copy 

Currently, the women must carry heavy loads of their crops from their small, poor villages to the city of Chuko, where they pay to have them ground.  Unfortunately, the quality of the grinding can differ greatly.  The journey to and from the mill, while carrying their heavy crops and flour, takes these women a full day.  

With the support from TEMPISH, we plan to build a mill right where these women live so they will no longer have to travel long distances.  Not only will they be able to use it to grind their own crops, they can rent the mill to others in the community, providing a much needed service while also generating more money for their families.  With the time and money saved from the addition of the mill,  new businesses and ideas are sure to grow.  Not only will the mill strengthen the individual women, it will also strengthen their co-op and community.

We will post updates as the building of the mill moves forward, along with stories of the women involved and what is happening in the community.  A big thank you to our sponsor, TEMPISH!

If you want to learn more about the work we do in Ethiopia,  read here.

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