Annual Reflection: BCDA’s Women Empowerment Program

Beza Community Development Association (BCDA) held its annual performance review gathering for the Women’s Empowerment Program at Entoto on July 3, 2018. On the day, the 6 self-help groups set up by BCDA, who used to meet individually on a weekly basis, came together as a social support community. Government stakeholders, project signatories and committee representatives were also present. 

The gathering was a time of sharing experiences and challenges, while reflecting on the progress made in the past year. The women expressed their happiness in the program and conveyed how helpful their weekly group meetings were. Besides saving, the mothers gave each other advise on life, confided with one another and cherish the relationships they’ve built. We were thrilled to hear the success of each group, as they reported on the tens of thousands of Birr each group had saved.

BCDA’s Entoto Women’s Empowerment Program is a project that complement’s the Children’s project it also runs. The project gathered the mothers of the children it cared for to empower them to start their own business and save. These women come from households who are affected by HIV/AIDS and deprived means of livelihoods. However, today beyond being able to provide for themselves, they are also saving for future investments. Some of the groups have also been able to take out loans from banks and paid back within the year. 

“I am proud to be here today,” Dawit G/Egziabher, Signatory of the project from Gulele sub city said, “BCDA is an honest organization that is fully given to deliver the best to its beneficiaries. I have seen that it works with 100% integrity.” 

We praise God for the favor and support we’re witnessing from our local government. We look forward to doing more with this partnership.