Aster's story

Aster was overburdened because she is a woman. Farming, cooking, carrying firewood – life was a constant struggle.

But Aster refused to give up. She’s come together with women in her village, in Ethiopia, to open a shop powered by the sun. With training from our partner, Aster and her 'sisters' have turned their shop into a thriving business. 

The women are so much stronger together. They sell fresh water and soap and provide mobile phone charging at the shop. This brings in vital money for their families, and renewable energy for their community – reducing their reliance on firewood.

Aster now has freedom and power over her own life. She’s able to pay for her children's healthcare, send them to school and save for her young family's future.

Will you #StandTogether with women like Aster?

Women in poor rural communities, like Aster, work hard. But they often struggle to earn a living because of climate change and drought, while prevalent beliefs can make it hard for them to get loans or start businesses.

How your donation will help

  • Your gift will fund life-changing projects in Burkina Faso, Honduras, Malawi and Ethiopia. 
  • It could provide tools and training to help women start businesses – like the solar-powered shop that has changed Aster’s life.
Addis women's Group meeting in their solar kiosk in Ethiopia

Addis Women's Group meeting in their solar kiosk. Credit: Christian Aid / Matt Gonzalez-Noda.

'Coming together as a women’s group is like adopting sisters... They share my burden and help me face my challenges,' says Aster.

Invest in powerful women like Aster this Harvest

With your help, we can ensure everyone has a full life, free from poverty.

Breaking the Barriers with our Harvest Appeal

Your Harvest donation will help fund Breaking the Barriers, a new programme in Malawi, Ethiopia, Honduras and Burkina Faso, which will support women through projects like the one featured in this short film:

Want to find out more? Read an interview with Yvonne Murindiwa, our Breaking the Barriers programme manager.

*Your £1/€1 becomes £5/€5

Money raised through our Harvest 2018 Appeal will be match funded by the European Union. Every £1/€1 you give will be worth £5/€5 for life-changing work in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Malawi.

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