As in many other countries, Ethiopia has significant barriers typically preventing women and young people from earning a living. Islamic Relief has helped tackle this by linking orphan sponsorship with lasting livelihood interventions. As a result, 3,500 orphaned children in 2022 received regular financial support through Islamic Relief, which also helped their mothers begin earning a reliable living. Altogether we trained 1,800 widows to promote and manage small businesses. Setting up or improving 557 enterprises, the women formed self-help groups to support each other on business matters, and savings groups to help maximise their income. In addition, we provided vocational training to prepare 150 of our sponsored young people for the world of work, with seven of them securing employment in 2022.