Literacy, Savings and Sustainability with THP-Ethiopia in 2011

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Update to the Global Board

October 2011

THP-Ethiopia’s epicenters demonstrated a strong performance on the road to fiscal self-reliance, as their Quarter 1 revenues exceeded their expenses by 40 percent. This was continued into Quarter 2 with a four-day training of savings and credit cooperative (SACCO), or Rural Bank, managers on an array of technical topics to ensure proper management of funds, personnel, default situations and financial reporting.

Strong strides were made in THP-Ethiopia’s gender equality programming, manifested consistently in enrollment at epicenter preschools, where girls make up 52 percent of all students. As a THP program country with some of the most remote epicenters, THP-Ethiopia still struggles to refine communications with distant partner epicenters. THP-Ethiopia’s Microfinance Program (MFP) also experienced training delays and heavy workloads as two of the six SACCO managers resigned during Quarters 1 and 2.


  • Enemore Epicenter Completed: In Quarter 1, THP-Ethiopia completed construction of Enemore Epicenter.
  • Mesqan Epicenter SACCO Inaugurated: In March 2011, Mesqan Epicenter’s SACCO was inaugurated in front of a crowd of 300 (photo above). Ethiopian law now requires epicenters to officially recognize SACCOs prior to continuing or starting MFP activities. This inauguration is an important step in Mesqan’s progress toward self-reliance.
  • Operational Literacy Centers: THP-Ethiopia proudly sponsors 23 literacy centers, which are turned over to local government immediately after construction is complete. During the reporting period, one literacy center transitioned to the community for management and oversight; communities and local government provide literacy instructors.
  • Safe Water: THP-Ethiopia has so far constructed and handed over to local government 25 safe water supply schemes, all of which are functional.
  • Sustainability: The Environmental Sustainability Program is excelling in two epicenters; partners are fully caring for the seedling forest planted at Debre Libanos Epicenter, as well as Machakel’s gully recovery program (to prevent land erosion, one of the major development problems in that area).

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