Kombolcha pictures

  • Trainees at training center. They are present for their future. They give their time and attention, we coordinate guidance and training... we plant the seed, it grows into a tree

  • wz Aselef has been a mentor and host to trainees as they spent time away from home to attend occupational training programs in Addis Ababa.

  • Trainees preparing a meal. The kitchen is simple. Their dreams are limitless.

Pilot projects, informal training & Yessera-U

Active and always wanting to be viable on the ground Yessera continues improvising forward:

  1. Now finished informal Food Preparation training has been able to empower 3 of its girls to find jobs, with one still looking.
  2. Just started on-the-job Construction training for 2 girls. Based on lesson learned—first ascertain job availability at worker-needing sites and sectors—the 3 months training will be in “finishing’ aspect of building Construction. Successful completion of Pilot Project would mean increases in number of trainees and Construction aspects.

Yessera-U: Working more and more on becoming an Umbrella organization to empower the empowerers. The idea is for Yessera to become a capacious resource base for members and others to pursue Ethiopia empowering work in areas of their interest, expertise, and already ongoing involvement. It will also reach out widely to become a hub of creative collaboration. The target being a four-corner, sector differentiated, Ethiopian wholistic development.

Needs: Webmasters, social media support, on the ground facilitators, and funding sources.

Our newest group of trainees

We are looking forward to helping this group of young ladies to get on the road to self-employment. Wz. Aselef is playing a key role as the trainer. We will post details soon.

YESSERA board member Charles Sutton visited Ethiopia and met with our long-time country coordinator, Mr. Solomon Retta.


What we do

YESSERA provides intensive young adult-based community development assistance to marginalized Ethiopians. YESSERA delivers vocational skills training, leadership and character development, and support for microenterprise. Our approach is participant-driven, holistic, and intensive.

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Yessera Harar 2016

After successfully completing 2 years of training of 31 destitute young women, in various fields, from Addis Ababa as its Yessera 2014, and Yessera 2015 project, Yessera is now happily resuming its 4 Corners of Ethiopia.

From the east in Kombolcha, Harar, six women are embarking on the self transforming journey of living, learning, dreaming and excelling together in the new and challenging environment of Addis, with hopes of returning to their community skilled and empowered.

Trainees Create Bamboo Products

Two YESSERA trainees attending carpentry training had bamboo product making skills.  They trained eight other students and together they started selling them in order to make a living.

These are the first trial products of Assosa trainees. One day while I was going home, I saw them selling bamboo products nearby their residence.

People were surprised because it was uncommon selling such products.  Because of their professional painting, some asked where are they from? 

I was also surprised, even though they produced under my supervision.  I bought them raw materials and implements.

Initially only two trainees were skilled in this trade, but they trained the others and now ten of them are capable of producing quality furnitures, products for electric lamps, etc. Abdu and Abdulzararik (capenters) produce wonderful beds, chairs, sofas, doors and all household and other products.

All are very good in drawing, read any plan, calculate bill of quantities.  I encourage them to do better by allocating funds for raw materials and study visits.  I believe in  work discipline. I always use to say “if people are given chances to be trained or educated, they can make a diference in the development of the country.”  Thanks to you all we have succeeded.

I hope we will do the same in Bekoji, Assosa, Ebinat, etc with diversity.  

-Solomon Retta