Lending Institution Partnership
Berhand Bank: Berhan is a privately owned commercial bank based in Ethiopia and provides commercial banking services to the public at large and its products and services are all-embracing and offered to customers in a courteous manner. Currently Berhan has about 9,000 shareholders and has raised a subscribed capital of Birr 547 million and paid up capital reached Birr 501 million and serves about 89,000 customers. BERHAN’s mission is to provide diverse financial products by deploying motivated and qualified human resource as well as up-to-date technology with highest ethical standard to create maximum value to stakeholders.
|Makonen Getu, Chief Transformation Officer and Ethiopia Program Director|
Makonen Getu holds a PhD in Economic History with a concentration in Development Studies from the University of Stockholm. He has about 30 years of development experience working as Programme Officer of UNDP in Lesotho, Rural Development Advisor of SIDA and Deputy Country Director of World Vision in Zambia, Africa Regional Manager of World Vision in Australia and Deputy Regional Director of Opportunity International in Zimbabwe, International Program Director of Christian Transformation Resource Center and Vice President of International Business Development, Opportunity International. He is currently Vice President of Program Assessment and Chief Transformation Officer of Edify which is providing financial and technical assistance to Low-Fee Independent Christian Schools in developing countries. He has also taught, at both under- and post-graduate levels, in development studies at Stockholm University and The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, where he currently supervises PhD scholars and is Board of Director. Makonen has published several books, pamphlets and articles (in Journals and books) on topics related to development, foreign aid, microfinance, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, transformation as well as faith and development.
|Yonatan Tekie, Christian Field Transformation and Training Officer|
Yonatan accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 19 and has been His avid servant since then. He was ordained as a youth pastor in August 1996 and served in this capacity until 2002 during which he started a ministry called Youth Impact together with other brothers. The ministry focused on impacting the youth to love God and serve their people through four mentoring homes whereby hundreds of young street kids and orphans were cared for and mentored.
In September 2005, Yonatan and his wife started running a school called Destiny Academy. The school now has 510 students, 34 teachers and 28 supporting staff. Until he accepted the Edify role, Yonatan has been serving as the General Manager of Destiny Academy.
Between 2005 and 2007, Yonatan served as a Country Representative for an organization called Inter-faith peace building Initiative. He has also been involved in leadership training for government officials, church leaders, business leaders and university students. Moreover, he has had several national and international conference speaking/training engagements. Yonatan has also been frequently invited to speak on TV and Radio.
As regards education, Yonatan has a Diploma from Bahir Dar Teachers College and a BA in Literature and History from Addis Ababa University.
Yonatan is married to Hareg with three daughters Abigail, Ruth, and Salem.