How waste is being converted to energy, creating jobs
An innovative energy source is powering restaurants and employing women in Ethiopia
By Anton Ajon, digital & social media lead
ETHIOPIA — Life is a challenge for many women living in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Employment is scarce. But now there’s hope for those participating in an initiative that converts waste into energy for cooking.
“Before I joined the Biogas group I used to work as a labourer carrying rocks for construction sites to feed my family,” says Layla Awel, a direct beneficiary of the Biogas project.
The project, implemented by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada with local partner Emmanuel Development Association, began with seven groups of 12 women. Today, close to 400 women have been trained to cook and power a restaurant with Biogas.
“Layla’s life changed after she started working with the Biogas group,” says Yeshiwork Dawit, a social worker involved with the initiative. “She now makes a good income to support her family. Today she is a very confident woman.”
Watch this video, and see how restaurants powered by biogas are empowering women in Ethiopia.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.