Your purchases go to support I Pour Life's Global Women's Empowerment Program in Kore, Ethiopia, helping women with leprosy and HIV diagnoses lift themselves and their families out of poverty by giving a hand up, not a hand out. 

A voice For Kore

Kore was established 80 years ago as a place for the unwanted.

In Ethiopia, having leprosy isn't just an illness, it's a curse. When it's discovered that someone has leprosy, they are often kicked out of their homes and disowned by their families. They are left with no where to live, no family support, no money, and no way to treat their disease which causes nerve damage, skin discoloration, disfiguration of limbs and skin, and muscle weakness.

Seeking treatment and community, many with leprosy in Ethiopia make the days and sometimes weeklong journey to the capital of Addis Ababa. However, the capital is still not a welcome community for many, so they settle near ALERT hospital in Kore, on the outskirts of Addis and the site of the Koshe trash dump.

NOW, 80 years later, generations have been born inTO Kore. the community is now home to over 100,000 men, women, and children who have been labled "CURSED" among their own culture and people.

Many people in Kore carry the scars of leprosy, battle HIV and AIDS, bear the social stigma of being born in Kore, and simply struggle to survive because of rampant disease, lack of food and resources, and lack of opportunity.

Because of this, many people Kore depend on the trash dump as a source for food or for any recyclables that they can scavenge and sell to make a living. But, the dump is a very dangerous place-- children have been run over by garbage trucks while running to get the "freshest" trash. Many children, unable to go to school because of financial restrictions, work with their parents digging through the dump. 

The government began closing the dump a few years ago and has since built the continent’s first waste to energy plant at the site of the Koshe dump. However, these plans have fallen short and garbage is still being piled at the Koshe dump, causing a devastating trash landslide in 2017 that killed hundreds and displaced many from their homes. 

But, there is hope for Kore. We can give them a voice.


Bizunesh & her daughter Tinsae on the day she was launched into the GWE program. Bizunesh is now a thriving business owner who sells clothing and is able to provide for her five children and ensure they get a great education.

Bizunesh & her daughter Tinsae on the day she was launched into the GWE program. Bizunesh is now a thriving business owner who sells clothing and is able to provide for her five children and ensure they get a great education.

I Pour Life

In 2014, I Pour Life began its Global Women's Economic Empowerment (GWE) program in Kore. 

The women in GWE live in Kore, have a leprosy or HIV diagnosis, and are often at risk of losing their children due to lack of finances, food, and other resources. They dream of making a better life for themselves and their children, but need a hand up to begin. I Pour Life comes alongside each woman and teaches her the business and finance skills she needs to know to run a business, gift her in-kind startup capital, and then launches her as sustainable entrepreneur in her community. 

The women who currently participate in GWE have gone from making less than $1 a day to $7 to $9 dollars a day! Some have even saved enough to start second businesses and employ family members. The women in GWE are empowered to know they have calling, a purpose, and are able to lift themselves out of poverty and self-sufficiently provide for their families.

The cost for a woman to go through the GWE program is roughly $2,000. This covers her training, the provision of in-kind start up capital, medical treatment, immediate basic living needs, education for their children, and an emergency reserve.

Want TO support A FAmily in KORE?

You can make a donation directly to I Pour Life by clicking here.  If have questions about where your donation goes, please email Stephanie at Stephanie@ipourlife.org .