Improving the livelihoods of the poor through the Self Help Group promotion approach in Tembaro and Hadero Tunto Zuriya Woredas

In remote Tembaro Woreda of southwest Ethiopia, women experience extreme poverty and gender inequality due to sociocultural and economic factors. Many women are poorly educated and fulfill traditional female roles such as fetching water, cooking and caring for children; yet financial and community decision-making are the responsibility of men. Due to these factors the poorest women lack ability to participate in meaningful activities to better their families and communities. The Self Help Group (SHG) approach empowers impoverished women using local resources with a goal to reduce extreme poverty. SHG participation empowers women with basic financial skills and knowledge that encourage and support them in saving and investing their funds locally. Since 2014, WEEMA has successfully initiated and strengthened 50 such groups with 1,000 female participants in Tembaro Woreda. This project works to increase the resilience of poor household members in Tembaro Woreda and Hadero Tunto Zuriya Woreda by enabling more women to self-support their livelihoods and development needs through active involvement in Self Help Group (SHG) activities. Building on previous SHG project activities in the area, this project will: • Continue supporting the previously established 50 SHGs in Tembaro Woreda with additional training, volunteer follow-up and linkage with local microfinance institutions. • Formalize 50 self-established SHGs in Tembaro Woreda. • Expand the program to a neighboring district by establishing 10 new SHGs in Hadero Tunto Zuriya Woreda. • Provide all new groups with financial record keeping supplies, member passbooks, and business development skills training. • Support community volunteers to follow up on all of the SHGs. • Facilitate experience sharing and learning among the SHGs. • Support the SHGs to become self-governing by forming a Cluster Level Association recognized by the government.

Cross-cutting issues

Education, Livelihoods


  • Ethiopia>Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Gender

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