Celebrating 20 years of dedicated services to the women and girls of Ethiopia

Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) was established in 1997 and is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary from 15 to 21 September, 2017. WISE is dedicated to the development of women and girls in their efforts to become empowered, build resilient families, and emerge active players and beneficiaries in the development of Ethiopia.

Over the past 20 years, the Organization has been able to directly reach over 36 thousand women by supporting the establishment of 83 saving and credit cooperatives and providing enterprise development services. Through its strategic partnership and learning strategy, WISE has trained over 26 thousand women and men throughout the country. And to promote replication of good practices and lessons learned, it has provided Training of Trainers to approximately 800 staff members of like-minded organizations.

As a result of these initiatives, WISE has helped make significant progress toward reducing urban poverty and empowering women in Ethiopia.
Specifically, the Organization has helped women create jobs; run successful businesses; enjoy financial inclusion and independence; educate their children to university level; become involved in social and economic issues; and, overall, improve their quality of life.

Different activities will take place during the celebration, including exhibitions, a bazaar, panel discussions, testimonies, and entertainment.