Name: Abebech Habte
Story: Abebech Habte is a 40 year old widow, and is raising her three children as a single mother. To support her family she works collecting and selling firewood, as well as making and selling injera in the village. Abebech is living with HIV/AIDS in Yirgalem, and is able to live in a government house because of it. She lives there with her three children, Sina, 17 years old, Wondu, 14 years old, and Michat, 9 years old.
Name: Tadelech Abdela
Story: Tadelech is a 37 year old mother of 8! She is currently married to Tariku, who supports the family as a guard. Tadelech stays home to care for the younger children. Their children are: Lila, 20 years, Meseret, 18 years, Melkamu, 15 years, Tamirat, 12 years, Menesenot, 10 years, Tibeka, 7 years, Esubalew 4 years, and baby Tsione, who is 2 years old. The family is very poor, and is greatly dependent on sponsorship to meet their needs.
Name: Asnakech Tadesse
Story: Asnakech is an 85 year old widow and mother of two. Her husband, Woldeyesus, passed away 50 years ago from an illness. Her son, Kasahun, was a soldier who never returned from a mission 40 years ago, and her daughter, Teshay, passed away from cancer 25 years ago. Asnakech is raising 2 of Teshay’s children as well as 2 children abandoned at birth. She earns in income by collecting used materials to sell in the market place in Yirgalem.
Name: Shiwida Kabiso
Story: Shiwida is about 40 years old, and contracted Polio as a child, which left her crippled and dependent on a cane. She never married, but is raising sisters Asnakech Seyum, 13 years old, and Kidist Seyum, 8 years old, for a family member who lives in a rural village. Asnakech is in 6th grade, and Kidist is in 2nd. To support the girls Shiwida braids hair and sells firewood and charcoal in the village.