Baraket now studies in a government class after graduating from a Speed School. His mother, Sheto, participated in a collective savings group with other Speed School mothers. She has recently been able to set up a coffee shop and can now afford to send all her children to school.
This Huffington Post article highlights the Ethiopia Speed School initiative, where over 45,000 mothers across the country are keeping their kids in school, saving money and starting businesses.
Below is an extract from the article:
"Despite a vast history - it's home to the world's oldest human remains, it's Africa's oldest independent country and it's even the birthplace of coffee--Ethiopia is most often portrayed through the prism of its struggle. It's a struggle so often caricatured in the media as lacking and needing, and so often represented by figures of pity such as Starvin' Marvin, that it can be difficult to see the country beyond the images and stories that have been embedded through repetition into our consciousness."
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