Bishan Guracha Ethiopia, Integrated Livelihood Improvement

Bishan Guracha Ethiopia, Integrated Livelihood Improvement


To improve the livelihoods of children and women affected by AIDS and PLHIV in the Bishan Guracha village, we will work with the local CBO and the PLHIV assocation to strengthen their social and econoimc position. We support the women in Self-Help groups to stimulate savings and loans, support guardian so that they can send their children to school, provide business trianing and support youth clubs in schools to address stigma and increase awareness.

Project details

Time frame
01 June 2016 - 31 May 2019
€ 80,000
Active in

Bishan Guracha

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- Reduced vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and susceptibility to its social and economic impacts
- Improved livelihood options and income opportunities created for vulnerable groups mainly women and youth
- CBOs are able to effectively engage in HIV prevention and impact mitigation initiatives

Community groups

- 60 People living with HIV (PLHIV) and their children
- 55 Orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians
- 2300 school children and youth (including vulnerable school girls)
- 340 marginalized women
- 45 low income families
- community members at large (445 members directly)
- one PLHIV association and 2 CBOs


With the view to explore areas of possible scaling up of project interventions, JeCCDO conducted a rapid and participatory study on the social and economic situations of Bishan Guracha town. Therefore, the analysis of problems and needs of the target community for this particular project is made based on the findings of the study. The problem analysis focuses on such issues as HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, livelihood as well as capacity and functions of CBOs which are relevant to the proposed interventions of the intended project. Empirical data on the prevalence of HIV among the residents of the town is hardly available since there has not been any study conducted on the subject matter. However, it is believed that the spread of HIV among the general population is exceptionally high. According to the findings of the assessment, the major factors contributing to the spread of HIV in the town include : (a) High level of mobility of people from place to place (b) Low economic status (c) presence of private and government farms as well as military camp very close to the town (d) Early Sexual Debut among Young People and (e) inadequate HIV Prevention and Impact Mitigation Interventions.

There are a total of 55 (15 men and 40 women) registered HIV positive people (including 10 children) living in the town of Bishan Guracha. Some of the HIV positive children were reported to have been born from HIV positive women. Further, some of these children have lost either one or both of their parents due to AIDS and other causes.

PLHIV in Bishan Guracha town are in critical challenges of meeting their immediate and basic requirement of daily lives and long term needs for self reliance. They lack access to financial means, business or vocational skill, working places and market opportunities to engage themselves in income generating activities towards economic self-reliance. A strong interest and courage has been observed among PLHIV to get out of their existing economic and social deprivation through their own efforts. To this effect, they organized themselves into groups and started regular saving with the technical support of Women, children and Youth Affairs Office of the town. It has also been noted that addressing the immediate physiological and survival needs of the PLHIV is an important pre-condition for transforming them into a state of self-reliance.

Almost all these PLHIV are currently on ART. Adherence to ART is considered high, but challenged by food and nutrition problems, as reported by the health center and PLHIV themselves uses cookies to offer the best website experience possible and to anonymously analyze website behaviour. More information.