We believe that with grants and guidance, women with the least amount of resources can join a network that nourishes their strengths, broadens their practical and entrepreneurial skill sets, and gives bloom to their small business potential. All while providing a safe space for camaraderie and mentoring. Our Self-Help Groups offer the support these women in Ethiopia need to become self-reliant.

What are Self-Help Groups?

When you donate to our Self-Help Groups, you provide skills development, small business grants, and peer support groups to budding female entrepreneurs.

Why are Self-Help Groups so important?

Poor women are brought together for support and regular skills development in the areas of small business development, savings strategies, idea generation, and knowledge sharing.

Women, who disproportionately bear the burden of poverty, gain access to and control of household and community resources, significantly improving their economic position. Shared resources and savings provide an important financial safety net for unpredictable life events, reserves for growing businesses, and capital for improving their family homes.


Meet Ayalech, a mother of six who has started and grown her own business.

After a Self-Help Group gave her crucial resources, Ayelech no longer struggles to send her children to school nor sleeps on a dirt floor. She’s grown her fruit-selling business and now employs five other women in her village and is saving money for the first time.

With your help, we can continue to increase economic opportunities for women like Ayalech.
Give $250 and you provide a female entrepreneur a start-up grant and business training.

Do you have questions about our Self-Help Groups?

Email us at info@rootsethiopia.org or submit a message below.