Wondye first started working in a barber shop in 2015 as an assistant to the main barber. This talented young man took less than a year to become an excellent barber and opened his own shop with two chairs in 2016. He just opened his third barber shop with a loan of 40,000 Ethiopian Birr ($1,500 USD) that he took from KIBIR Consultants. Wondye is a hard working young man who has created jobs for five other people including two of his siblings. Some of his missional strategies are to providing excellent service and putting Christian brochures out for his customers to read while waiting.
Eseynesh is a young business woman from Injibara, Ethiopia and has been making Ethiopian cultural spices since 2011 and selling them to her customers in a shop she rents from the government. She is a dedicated Christian who loves to witness to people, and one of her visions is to start a 50% self-supported foundation that will help poor senior citizens (specifically women) in providing shelter and support for them to share their years of experience in the art of producing the long-lived Ethiopian spices. Just recently in May 2019 Eseynesh took a loan of 70,000 Ethiopian Birr ($2,500 USD) to expand her business into a children’s clothing shop.
As a 25 year-old graduate in hydraulics and water resources engineering from Bahir Dar University, Natnael founded “UTAN Printing and Design, plc” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Like many other young graduates in Ethiopia, Natnael didn’t find his degree had as much potential as becoming a sole proprietor. He is one of our upcoming KIBIR trainers and model young-entrepreneur as he launched his printing and design shop with 300,000 Ethiopian Birr ($10,800 USD) in start-up capital, out of which 100,000 birr was a loan granted by KIBIR Consultants. KIBIR is now working closely with Natnael as he establishes and of develops this young business.
Pastor Ermiyas is the type of leader that we want to see in every church throughout Ethiopia. Having done business himself, pastor Ermiyas provides support, encouragement and counseling to young Christian entrepreneurs in his congregation. Through him, KIBIR was able to train 22 men and women who are interested in Kingdom impact business, and KIBIR Consultants has now provided loans to over 5 business with excellent business plans. One of Pastor Ermiyas’ visions is to build a guest house and offices that will generate income through rent. He desires to use the income from these investments to support Kingdom workers in Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea. With a loan from KIBIR, Pastor Ermiyas just finished building six small shops immediately in front of his church. All six shops are now rented, earning the church 24,000 Ethiopian Birr ($800 USD) a month.
Rahel is a young entrepreneur and a fourth year graduating student in Fashion Design at Bahir Dar University. She founded a small scale business called “Rehoboth Handmade Knitted shoes” in 2015 at the age of 21. Rahel is now a 24-year-old business women/student. Inspired by an old childhood picture of her mother wearing handmade woolen shoes, Rahel started practicing her craft by watching YouTube videos. By the time she was 22 Rahel began to sell her personal designs to her friends and some members at her church. As a missional strategy, Rahel hired a handicap girl as her assistant to run the shop while she is in school. After taking KIBIR’s Micro-Business training in march 2019 Rahel submitted a dynamic business plan and took a loan of 70,000 Ethipian birr ($2,500 USD). The loan helped her to purchase a machine that doubles her production output.