Today is Entrepreneur’s Day, a day set aside to honor those who have built a business and a life for themselves from absolutely nothing. We believe Zeritu, a recent graduate from HFK’s Socio-Economic Empowerment Program exemplifies what today is all about.
Zeritu came to our Economic Empowerment Program 3 years ago during the “darkest time” of her life. She recalls that the program brought hope to her life and a way out of the darkness. She and her children got relief from the constant insecurity of starvation and homelessness after her husband left them with nothing and no income to pay for food or rent. Through the vocational program, she was able to learn sewing skills that opened the door for her to get a job in a garment factory, with her goal to have her own business in the future.
Zeritu has now realized her dream and has become a successful, full-time small business owner. She works hard to support her family and runs her business in a local market, where she sells women’s pajamas and dresses. Each month, she is saving money for her family and contributes to the Self Help Group she is part of. Recently she has expanded her business, adding another sewing machine and a serger, and offering scarves and sandals as she continues to develop her skills. One of her girls has even begun sewing with her and has some of her own customers.
We are so proud of her hard work and dedication. Her commitment to her entrepreneurial dream has resulted in her becoming self-sufficient and being able to provide for herself and her girls.