Interweave Solutions Launches Self-Reliance Program in Shashemene, Ethiopia

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Thanks to a generous donation from American businessman Jay Bosshardt, Interweave Solutions can now begin helping alleviate poverty in Ethiopia, starting in the city of Shashemene.

Jay Bosshardt's generous contributions laid the foundation to begin helping the people in Ethiopia.

"We hope the work in Ethiopia will progress much like our work in the Congo (DRC) has. We started there with just a handful of people utilizing our training and materials, and now there have been over 4,000 successful micro-businesses formed.

Interweave Solutions is now providing training materials and support services for destitute mothers in Shashemene, Ethiopia. Initial funding has been provided by American entrepreneur Jay Bosshardt.

"We are excited to be able to help the people of Ethiopia," says Dr. Lynn Curtis, co-founder of Interweave Solutions. " When I heard about the plight of the women who had been abandoned by their husbands and family, my heart went out to them. It is encouraging to find a donor who is sponsoring the initial training materials in Ethiopia so that we can start the work of creating micro-businesses and self reliance for these women."

Additional funds are being sought to create a permanent Interweave Presence in the country.

Interweave will use Mr. Bosshardt's donation, along with future donations, to provide economic empowerment support to women and their families by introducing their program, Master of Business in the Streets (MBS). To deliver the services in country, Interweave has partnered with Tedla Mohammed who is the Program Director of the Walta Mother and Children Support (WMCHCO) organization. Mr. Mohammed is receiving MBS training and facilitating the WMCHCO Interweave self-reliance group.

In Shashemene the majority of the population earns their living from informal economic activities; they are rarely however, without the basic skills necessary to run and maintain micro-businesses, able to provide all the necessities of life for themselves or their families. Group participants are provided materials, live weekly instruction, and group support to help them rise out of poverty and support themselves.

Given the fact that many low income residents are facing socio-economic challenges in areas of income, health, transportation, housing, food, etc. help is direly needed. People in this area are suffering from shortage of water, sanitation, health services, security, and education.

"We hope the work in Ethiopia will progress much like our work in the Congo (DRC) has," says Dean Curtis, co-founder. "We started there with just a handful of people utilizing our training and materials, and now there have been over 4,000 successful micro-businesses formed, and many groups meeting weekly helping each other create success and prosperity. Many of these people not only make a living, but provide jobs to others. We have the same vision for Ethiopia."

Interested donors can learn more about Interweave Solutions at interweavesolutions.org

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