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Stories from the Field – Kasech’s Story

Kasech at her stall

Kasech at her stall

DevXchange is a great organization (little bias, I know), but there are tons of great organizations doing great work. So what makes DevXchange stand out? Many things, we’ve got very little over head, great projects and a grassroots approach to development, but what really makes us pop is our people. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who have had huge impact on people’s lives all over the world. People like Kasech.

Kasech is a 27 years old mother from Ethiopia. When she was 17 she moved to the capital, Addis Ababa, from Gojam. Like many girls, she wanted to find a job to support herself and her family. She found work as a house servant in Addis Ababa and eventually got married and became pregnant. During her pregnancy her husband left her after she learned that she had contracted HIV.

With financial support from the Bethel project, Kasech was able to start a small business selling sugar, oil, coffee beans, tomatoes and other items in a residential area. The project allowed her to become more self-sufficient and raise and educate her four year old daughter.

DevXchange and the Bethel project are exceedingly proud of Kasech and how she manages to be a great mother and business women despite a difficult start in life. It is people like this that make DevXchnage work! If you’d like to find out more about Kasech and other people that the Bethel project support please visit their page. 

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