“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, there is a garbage dump which is the home to over 100,000 people. This community is called Korah. Many residents are lepers, HIV/AIDS victims, widows, and orphans—people marginalized and left to suffer. Springfield, MO based nonprofit, I Pour Life, is empowering women in Korah, Ethiopia through their 10×10 program.
What is 10×10?
10×10 is I Pour Life’s women-led, family empowerment program. The program targets impoverished groups of women with a diagnosis of leprosy at risk of losing their children. Participants learn a trade and become financially self-sufficient. Over ten months, women begin taking steps to lift themselves out of extreme poverty through earning power. The cost for a woman to enter the 10×10 program is $1000. This covers start-up capital, medical expenses, immediate basic living needs, education for children, and emergency reserve.
Amsale is a pillar in the community of Korah. She is a street vendor, with a knack for sales. With her income, she provides for her four children and even cares for her ill mother-in-law. Not only has she overcome extreme poverty, but she is also a leader to other women in their fight to care for their families. Not long ago, however, this was only a dream for her. She was a leper, struggling with malnutrition and disease. From hardship to hope, Amsale’s life was transformed with a hand-up through I Pour Life’s 10×10 program.
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