I Drive Ethiopia: Help us purchase a van to start a small business in Ethiopia

We're raising money to purchase a used van in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for Dawit Fasil, so he can start his own small driving business.
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Friends of Dawit Fasil
Small Business
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
1 Team Member

Long Story Short

Dawit (David) Fasil has a lot of friends in America. For years he has driven American families through the busy streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, cultivating friendship after friendship.

 

Earlier this year Dawit contracted meningitis, missing several weeks of work while he was in the hospital recovering. He was dealt another unfortunate blow this past summer when he lost his job as a driver. The weight of supporting his two young daughters, as well as his extended family, as an unemployed man in Ethiopia hit hard. Poverty is a destructive force in Ethiopia, robbing families of so much, including the bonds that hold them together.

 

But Dawit has a strong faith in God, and his friends back in America haven't forgotten him. Dawit's kindness, his passion for his country, and his love for his children have made an impression on hundreds of families who now call him a friend.

 

Together, we friends of Dawit, ask you to donate today. Help us purchase a van that will allow Dawit to drive once again! Help us help him avoid poverty, keep his family fed and clothed, and give this family the future they all deserve.

 

What We Need (& What You Get)

$15,000 is enough money to buy a new car in America, but in Ethiopia $15,000 US Dollars will only purchase a 15 – 20 year-old van. But one used van is all Dawit needs to start up his own driving business, allowing him to support his own family and drive Ethiopian business forward!

 

We have exciting perks for those who donate! Ethiopian coffee, key chains handmade in Ethiopia, Africa car decals, bumper stickers, and more! Donate early before supplies run out!

 

In the unfortunate event we don't reach our goal of $15,000, it will be unlikely that Dawit will be able to purchase a vehicle reliable enough to start his own business. But the total amount donated (minus a 9% Indiegogo.com fee) will be given to Dawit to use for his family as needed.

 

The Impact

Ethiopia has one of the highest unemployment rates worldwide. 23% of Ethiopians live on less than a dollar a day. As a contributor you have the power to change the world for this one man. You can change his future. You can change his childrens' future.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

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$18,000USD
raised by 165 people in 1 month
120% funded
No time left
$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on January 4, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    The License Plate

    For every donation of $10 or more, your name will be written on the van for all to see. Your name can drive around Ethiopia all day long!

    22 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $25USD
    The Tailgater

    For a $25 donation we will send you an I heart Africa bumper sticker!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $25USD
    The Backseat

    For a $25 donation we'll send you a New Car Scent air freshener!

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $25USD
    The Air Conditioner

    For a $25 donation we'll send you an Ethiopia decal for your own vehicle.

    3 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $50USD
    The Drivers Seat

    For a $50 donation we will send you an I heart Africa bumper sticker and a wooden Ethiopian cross necklace handmade in Ethiopia! Only FOUR available!

    4 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    The Passenger Seat

    For a $50 donation we will send you an Ethiopia decal for your own vehicle!

    7 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $100USD
    The Gas Pedal

    For a $100 donation we will send you a 2013 Ethiopia calendar from AmharicBlessings.org, and an Ethiopian cross necklace handmade in Ethiopia. Only FIVE available!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $100USD
    The Headlights

    For a $100 donation we'll send you an Ethiopia vehicle decal and a New Car Scent air freshener!

    2 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $300USD
    The Mileage

    For a generous $300 donation we will send you a 2013 Ethiopia calendar from AmharicBlessings.org, a wooden Ethiopian cross necklace handmade in Ethiopia, a new car scent air freshener for your own vehicle, and a bag of Ethiopian coffee!

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $500USD
    The Wheels

    For an incredibly generous $500 donation we will send you a 2013 Ethiopia calendar from AmharicBlessings.org, a wooden Ethiopian cross necklace handmade in Ethiopia, a new car scent air freshener for your own vehicle, a bag of Ethiopian coffee, and a beautiful keychain handmade in Ethiopia. Only ONE available!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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