Meet Mestoyet

It’s early morning in a mountainous region of Ethiopia called Yirgacheffe. Mestoyet Feyesa gathers her schoolbooks … for her daily 2½ hour walk to school.

She’s one of the lucky ones. In many parts of Ethiopia there are no schools at all.

Mestoyet’s family belongs to the Keleltu coffee growing co-operative. With the support of Trade Aid and other like-minded traders, such groups have been able to build new schools and classrooms … giving thousands of children hope for a career outside of subsistence farming.

Mestoyet dreams of working in a job that tackles gender issues, and hopes for more schooling to achieve this goal, despite the daily five-hour round trip. The Keleltu Co-operatives projects projects make Mestoyet’s dream possible.

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