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Last updated: March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

Jemila Hussein is the chief administrator of Silti woreda, located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. There, she is in charge of ensuring that people in her community have access to essential services they need to prosper in life, whether it is basic education, or safe and sustainable water sources for drinking and for irrigating the lush farmlands within the country’s breadbasket.

May 2, 2019

Habtamu Aragaw is a 35-year-old father of four who lives in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Habtamu and his wife Melke Mihrete were small-scale farmers who used to rely on the government’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) to survive.

March 14, 2019

Muluberhan Areaguy, who works as a midwife at Zalambessa health center, which helps approximately 28-35 women give birth each month, used to find it difficult to assist delivering mothers during the night in her town of Zalambessa, which is located 160 kilometers from Mekelle in the Tigray region.

October 31, 2018

Amnur Hassen is a father of six from the Oromia region of Ethiopia who suffers from chronic illness. He supports his family by growing potatoes and raising cattle to sell at a nearby market, but his profits were often cancelled out by the frequently incurred costs of his medical treatments, leaving Amnur struggling to provide for his family.

September 14, 2018

Azmera is a second grade student who used to struggle to read.  Her lack of confidence in her reading skills made her shy and reluctant to participate in reading lessons. Things changed when Azmera and her fellow classmates received reading books in their native Wolayttattoo language, thanks to USAID’s Reading for Ethiopia's Achievement Developed (READ) Community Outreach program.