MCF - Our Families

For full details of how MCF is selecting beneficiary families, you can download our Summer 2008 Report. on this page, we have a selection of case studies showing how basic needs assistance and advice on small business development from MCF have benefitted our families.MCF - case study of a family dealing with the impact of HIV/AIDS - Abebech

Case Studies: Basic Needs Assistance

Abebech Yirgashewa/2008

"I might have died by now if it was not for the fund. I had no food, income or any other assistance before MCF. I was so worried about our life that it made me sick all the time. Now I am not so worried all the time. I am so happy that I can provide my daughter with food whenever she asks me. MCF provided me with access to medical care including the purchasing of medicines. They even persuaded me to take a supply of milk for three months, which has transformed my health. I am grateful for what MCF has done, and I pray it continues."

Bekelech Degefa/2008

When the staff of MCF first met Bekelech, she was in very poor health, and sleeping on the mud floor of her small house, with no furniture whatsoever. MCF helped her buy blankets and mattresses for her and her daughter. Through MCF, her daughter was enrolled in school, while MCF provided Bekelech with the necessary rent assistance. Bekelech remembers that she was ready to give her daughter up for adoption before she encountered MCF. Now Bekelech no longer begs for food, and life is not quite the struggle it once was.

MCF - case study of a family dealing with the impact of HIV/AIDS - Zewde

Zewde Alem/2008

MCF found Zewde in critically poor health. Since then she has required ongoing medical care for the past four months, including medicines, and dietary supplements. Zewde is finally returning to good health, thanks to the multiple supports from MCF, and the close attention of staff.




Case Studies: Small Business Development

Almaz Tadese Degero with cotton she has spun

Almaz Tadese Degero/April 2009

Almaz has started a business of her own. She is making “fetel”, the traditional cotton thread used to make traditional Ethiopian dress. Almaz hopes to develop a cooperative to do this with some of the other women, so that it will be easier to buy more raw materials and find access to markets.

Ayelech Worku with "twafe" products

Ayelech Worku/April 2009

Ayelech is engaged in selling “twafe” (church candles) around the church near her compound. She is making 30 birr profit for every 100 birr of material she gets from the market.  She also hopes to work within a cooperative to increase the volume of business

Amete Gebriel (Nedach Enda)/April 2009

Nedach makes “dantel”, or crocheted cloth. She has just sold her first product and hopes to develop further through business training and further assistance.



Banchi Aytenew/April 2009

Banchi is one of the most successful women from our families to date. She used 200 birr from her bank savings to start her business and has already seen 70 birr in profit. She is selling ”Kolo”, roasted barley, and out of her early profits has purchased Kolo preparation utensils she used to have to borrow from neighbors. She is so happy because she is working and says she has forgotten her problems because now she is focusing on her business and her family’s future.

Muna Ahmed/April 2009

Muna has set up as a street trader, selling socks and underwear on the streets of Addis Ababa. Out of the profit she has made, she has been pleased to buy her daughter the clothes she wanted.  Says Muna “I am grateful for what MCF has done, since all I care about is my health, my work and my daughter”.

Tsehay Zewde/April 2009

Tsehay is another role model for our families. She is a mother of two and also has a niece to support. She engaged in petty trading selling butter and cheese. Out of the 200 birr profit she made from selling 10 kilos of butter in the past two months, she has bought clothes for all her children, and is delighted to be able to support her family again.  Now she is also selling vegetables. Tsehay’s long term goal is to start a fruit shop, not currently available in her neighborhood.  Tsehay is also keen to form a cooperative with some of the ladies and feels it is good to combine their personal talents for the benefit of the group.