WISE inaugurated its 2nd Women’s Training and Products display center

The Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) is making good use of the training facility it has built some years back. The land for this previous facility was sought through the collaboration of the Addis Ababa City Administration.Because of the positive considerations of this office to WISE’s request for additional land adjacent to its existing facility, it was possible to construct a two building that would serve the purpose of extending WISE’s training services and displaying the products of its target members

The building was officially inaugurated on 23rd May, 2013.The new building built on a 820 square meter of land will serve as a training and permanent product display center for WISE target members. A total sum of birr 8.5 million was spent for the construction of the building. Melissa Waggener Zorkin and her husband Kiristo Zorkin from the USA donated a total sum 125,000.00 USD. In Addition, Assefa Gebeyehu Consulting Architects produced the building design while Ato Seyium Telila, supervised the construction from the design to its completion free of charge.

The construction of this new facility was financed from the contributions made by the following individuals and organizations:-

  • The 50 SACCOs organized by WISE and their members
  • WISE’s staff and friends
  • The SACCOs Union and staff
  • Melissa Wagner Zorkin and Kiristo Zorikin
  • Denmark Embassy
  • International Labour Office (ILO)
  • Cordaid
  • Emma Thomposon, and
  • Italian Development Cooperation with
    International Labour Organization
  • WISE sincerely thanks all those who contributed towards the success of the construction of this additional training facility and product display center.