Strengthening women’s livelihoods through markets | EthiopiaCARE’s Abdishe project in Ethiopia seeks to help women and their families develop the financial means to afford a healthy and nutritious diet.

The situation

Women provide the bulk of the farm labour in Ethiopia, but have little control over decisions that could help lift their households out of poverty. While an increasing number of women have started small businesses, they are often unable to access the financial resources to make those businesses thrive.


  • The Abdishe project will partner with 6,400 women and 1,000 men, supporting them to earn better incomes so their families can afford a healthier diet.
  • Women will have better access to financial resources, as well as increased participation in household and community decision-making.


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.


Quick Facts

About the project
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2016
Total impact: 31,400 people

About Ethiopia

  • Estimates taken between 2010 and 2012 suggest that roughly 34 million people in Ethiopia are considered undernourished. (FAO)
  • As of 2011, 40 per cent of the population does not get the minimum level of nutrition recommended by the World Health Organization.
  • Over 52 per cent of women are estimated to have no education. (WHO, 2011)

Women’s Empowerment


The Abdishe project is designed to ensure women are able to take a greater role in the decision-making process at both the household and community level. Women will have a stronger say in areas concerning what food is planted, eaten and sold; and how land is used. This is coupled with work to support women to be more financially independent and recognized as entrepreneurs.

For more information on this project, please contact projects@care.ca