Day 2

After 48 hours awake, we all slept like logs last night and woke up feeling much refreshed. After enjoying breakfast with traditional Ethiopian coffee, we split into two groups to go see successful businesses that were formed from micro-loans granted to local Ethiopians by the JDC. One of these enterprises was a small restaurant formed by 11 mothers. For only 1100 Birr for each mother ($222) they were able to create a prosperous restaurant. It took the mothers over 3 years, but they finally finished paying off the total loan. It was amazing to see how much this small loan motivated them to work and better their own families. After seeing these micro-finance projects, we went to the WISE building. JDC partners with WISE to grant these loans.

WISE empowers local women to create enterprise and to live independently. It was incredible to see how much of a difference this project made for the well-being of the community.

We ate with the Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia for lunch. This was cool because she was an Ethiopian born Israeli and had returned to Ethiopia to represent Israel. We could tell she took a lot of pride in this. After lunch, we went to the clinic that Dr. Hodes worked. This was an amazing experience and we truly understood why his work was so important. We went to dinner at his house and had a unique Shabbat with his entire family composed of his adopted children. It truly was an amazing experience. We are looking forward to tomorrow. Shabbat Shalom!

 

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January 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

 

 

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