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New Leadership at Women at Risk : meet Nebiyu!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Nebiyu, the new Director of Ellilta Women at Risk. Started by Serawit “Cherry” Friedmeyer twenty years ago, Ellilta has helped over a thousand women break free from the sex trade. As Cherry began to contemplate retirement, Ellilta’s board of directors began a succession process that led them to someone who can carry on her legacy, someone with a deep understanding of the program, someone dedicated to ensuring Ellilta remains open to all those desperate to leave behind life on the streets. That someone was Nebiyu.

To help introduce himself, Nebiyu has written a letter to you…

Hey friends, I hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Years celebration!

I am Nebiyu Haile and I am serving as the Director of Ellilta Women at Risk. Though it has just been about two years since I started working here as a Program Manager, I have been in touch with EWAR for more than three years before joining. When I was working as a director of a faith-based organization, we had a project that aimed at helping women in prostitution and we approached EWAR to help us design and implement that project. Such contact helped me to know more about EWAR and the great work it has been doing to help women in prostitution get out of that business and start a new lifestyle. As a result, when I got the opportunity to join EWAR, it did not take me too much time to decide!

When I was a kid, I got the chance to join an assisted child development project which was being implemented in one of the local churches around our area. As I look back, being part of that project played a great role for the person I am today. It’s through this project that I came to know about Jesus Christ which led me to accept Him as my personal savior. And passing through this project also helped to develop an interest towards charitable and social works. Thus, I consider myself very lucky to have the chance to serve at EWAR!

Working with women who have a distorted self-image is very demanding and needs lots of effort. There are also other external factors which make our work difficult, but when I look at the vision of EWAR, the commitment of the staff and teamwork that is part of EWAR’s culture, it helps keep me going. Seeing the hope of the women we are serving be renewed and their lives brighten are some of the things that bring me great joy!!

Will you help welcome him to our community? Introduce yourself, send a quick “hello,” or share some encouragement with Nebiyu here!

Every day, Nebiyu helps women stuck in the sex trade build restored, healthy, and hopeful new lives. Every month, by giving up a few mochas, you too can give these women a chance to receive counseling, life skills, and job training.

Will you do your part and join the Mocha Club community today?


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“I know the best is yet to come this is just the beginning.”

Geni has attended the counseling program at Women at Risk and completed it after five months. Currently, she has moved on to the skills program & is using her talents & new-learned skills to move forward to economic freedom.


Geni chose to take training in tailoring at the center for three months and has shown very good performance in her work. She started sewing different cloths in different styles to sell. Her friends and other people around her in the project encouraged her by buying her products. Fortunately, everyone liked her products and Women at Risk decided to buy her a sewing machine so that she can start a small scale sewing business in order to generate income by her own!

Geni has started her small business in a rental house and is doing well! She has already started saving money. Moreover, Geni’s child moved on to grad one in school with good grades and she is very happy about it.

Geni said “I know the best is yet to come this is just the beginning”. She thanks Ellilta Women At Risk and YOU for renewing her hope.

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Introducing Economic Freedom.

Economic Freedom

Big news today, as our sister company fashionABLE expands their product line to include leather. The first leather partner works with 70 employees, and 40 of them are women that they’re providing excellent opportunity to, with a fair wage & fair working condition.

In light of fashionABLE’s expansion and our mission to continue to create sustainability and economic freedom for as many in Africa as we can, Mocha Club is expanding our Women at Risk project area as well…

MC Economic Freedom

When we spent the month of May earlier this year higlighting this project area, we shared how women have and will always be a core focus of our work, as they are the backbone of the African society. While these women may deal with a greater sense of oppression and lack of opportunity, they also possess greater compassion and perseverance to see their continent thrive, as we’ve seen evident with the growth of fashionABLE.

To allow opportunity for future partnerships and this mission to expand, we’re updating the project area title to “economic freedom”.  Our goal is to allow a wider variety of partners in the communities we work in across the continent, both men & women, that are focused on empowerment and creating economic freedom.

Is Mocha Club still supporting women? Good question. There are specific needs that women face that fall into each of our categories, and you will continue to see the impact we’re having on these ladies and their communities through each project area… from giving clean water to women and girls in Lizulu, Malwai to providing HIV counseling and nutrition to women at HEKO in Kenya.

And what about Women at Risk? Rest assured, our partnership with Women at Risk in Ethiopia is stronger than ever (the #blogABLE team is visiting them next week!) You will continue to see the same faces and stories in your updates, like Fekerete and Hanna and Mulu, in addition to the new men and women we’re offering empowerment to through sustainability and economic freedom.

 Extreme poverty requires holistic solutions, so we work in 5 project areas. Mocha Club is committed to locally developed projects where the community identifies the need and the response, with the end goal of real, sustainable solutions.