Economic Empowerment

The local units are granted capital to run their businesses. To make the businesses successful, a business plan, detailed cost benefit analysis, work role details and guideline are prepared.  The business plans are also revised based on the performance and experience of each local unit.  All local units are registered legally as a group business.This is the last phase of strengthening local units and the step towards sustaining economic empowerment for the local unit members.

All local units go through a thorough business planning phase and an interest-free loan is arranged for the local units. Each local unit in the first phase is expected to run the business and earn salary for all members. Afterwards the local unit is expected to pay 30% of its net profit at the end of the second year and sustain its business. WHAE hires a Marketing officer that helps the local unit in marketing, financial management and undergoes audit of the business.

The different local units in the diffrent regions of the country have various economic empowerment projects.Business promotion, creating market linkages and partnership formations with key stakeholders are some of the activities WHAE has successfully helped the local units in the course of their operation.Some of the businesses the local units ventured in to include the following 

  •  Weaving and Wool carpet making (Addis Ababa)
  • Shiro and milling business (Mekelle,Shonie)
  • Cafeteria and restaurant business (Chancho)
  • Wedding Dress Rental and Beautuy Salon(Shonie)
  • Injera and Processed Food (Harar)
  • Liquid Soap (Dire Dawa)

For details of the activities please have a look at the WHAE 2017 Mid Term report here