Before the project:

Yohannes was ex- soldier, wounded as he joined the defense force, disarmed soon due to the fall down of the Derge regime and 20 years ago he came back home. Since he had no skill he could utilze except military training and was handicapped, he was forced to the street of Addis. While he was living in his plastic shelter on the street in Lideta Sub City, he read SDE’s announcement posted by the Office of Labor and Social Affaires of the city calling homeless people to apply for skill training. He applied and joined SDE’s Homeless People’s Project in 2012. He has been trained on tailoring and shoe making skills and graduated in 2013.

Read more: Yohannes Demissie

Before the project

As Awugichew stated, the cause for his street life is the conflict between his grand mother and his mother in-law followed by the selling of the house in which they had been living in. Then he started to be addicted to Chat(local street drug) and Cigarette and his grand mother declined to have him back consequently. He decided to lead street life by moving to Adama City from Kality Sub City. He found it very tough so that he pledged to come back home, but grand mother rejected him hence forced to live in Addis Ababa Street for 1½ years. Later, he heard about SDE from his other friends, applied and joined in 2012 and graduated on bead making and tailoring skills in 2013.

Read more: Awugichew Negash

Before the project:

When the bread winner of the house (his Father) passed away, Tigistu (the elder children in the family) came to Addis Ababa to support his mother, brothers and sisters through financial back up. But, he found himself that he had wrong perception about Addis-no jobs; no shelter; no supporter, however plenty of evils of life. Therefore he was forced to live in the street for 5 years until he joined Siddartha after hearing from his friends. Finally he applied to and joined SDE’s homeless people (Gloriu) Project in 2014 and was graduated in shoe making and tailoring skills in 2015.

Read more: Tigistu Terefe

Before the project:
Tsigereda was divorced woman who had been earning her living through very small and non reliable routine businesses when joining our women heads project in 2007. She has been trained on shoe making and sewing skills and graduated in 2009.

Read more: Tsigereda Ayalew

Before the project

Asrat had been leading her life by a very small amount of income earned through selling of hand made embroidery products using her former knowledge till she has joined SDE’s women project in 2014 and graduated in 2015 after trained on sewing and modern hand embroidery skills.

Read more: Asrat Showa

Before the project
Alem was widowed woman before joining the women headed project of SDE in 2008. She had been earning income via washing cloths by moving door to door and from early in the morning to late night having one sick child carried at her back. After joining the project, she has completed the hand embroidery and sewing courses and graduated in 2010.

Read more: Alem Eyasu
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