Case Studies from the Sida Project in Ethiopia

01.25.2022 | Case Studies | CIPE East Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa

Sida Project Case Studies

Following a COVID-19 impact assessment in Ethiopia, CIPE established a revolving loan fund to benefit marginal economic actors – specifically women-owned businesses – to recover from the devastating consequences of the economic downturn triggered by the pandemic. To close the widening finance gap for struggling communities, CIPE is currently engaging with business membership organizations (BMOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Amhara, Oromia, Somali, and Benishangul-Gumuz.  

In Amhara, CIPE identified the Amhara Women Entrepreneurs Association (AWEA) as its partner based on its active engagement with marginal economic actors and experience in managing saving and credit programs. Beginning in December 2020, CIPE directly disbursed $70,000 to AWEA, and through its saving and credit cooperatives, AWEA has provided loans to 74 marginal economic actors in six cities of the region (Bahir Dar, Gondar, Dessie, Debre Markos, Motta, and Finote Selam). This series of case stories highlights some of the experiences of loan beneficiaries across Ethiopia.

Read the case stories below:

Case story Yekaba

Case story Fasika