“My name is Misireki Hayilu. I am 40 years old, and I live in Gojo, Ethiopia. I live with five of my children and an orphan girl I took in off the street who has no mother or father.
When my husband died two years ago, I had to learn how to provide for my family as a single woman in a place that does not see women as equals to men. With the odds stacked against me, I set out to do what I knew how to do.⠀
I began to make and sell the local drink in front of my home, which is very physical work and earns me little money. I also worked in a small shop my husband and I started in front of our home but I was still struggling to put food on the table each night.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Petros Network’s Tesfa Project has given me the tools I needed to provide a better life for my children and help other street kids in the community. I have learned how to make my business attractive to the customer and learn what my customers are wanting. I have also learned about the concept of saving and planning for the future. This is very good.
I hope to one day be able to send all my kids off to University in hopes that they will come back and take care of me and use what they learned to help others in the community.”