Mekfia's new ability to be mobile puts her on track to achieve her dreams in the Gurage zone of Ethiopia, about 125 miles south of Addis Ababa. At age 26, she hopes to start a small business selling sambusa in her Muslim village. Sambusa is a delicious African meat or lentil-filled pastry. "I am happy to get this wheelchair! Now I can get out to go to the Mosque to study Quran," she said. Agape Mobility Ethiopia gave Mekfia a hand-powered mobility cart in March 2020.
Mekfia was able to attend school until fourth grade, but the lack of proper, timely treatment for tuberculosis resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down.
"She is a beautiful lady - a young woman and we need to pray for her," said Saba Marcos, President, Agape Mobility Ethiopia.