Breaking the cycle of poverty by educating this generation and the next

Tarkanfi means "Start Walking!"


1. Start where you are

2. Use what you have

3 Learn what you need



Bringing Hope to Ethiopia


About TSW

Tarkanfi-Start Walking (TSW), a MN nonprofit, shares God's Love and Hope with marginalized communities in Ethiopia by supporting projects that honor and partner with community groups  so that the quality  of life improves for all. 

TSW provides support in two ways: 1.) project funding, through donations, and, 2.) project leadership through our founder Worknesh Begi who spends most of her time in Ethiopia, in volunteer mission, directing charitable and development projects.


Hope for Destitute Yeka Sedan Region Villages

In 2011, the leaders of Yeka Sedan listed community priorities: 1.) clean water, 2.) increase household incomes, 3.) education

Today, under founder Worknesh Begi's 

award-winning guidance, the community has made amazing progress in all three areas, and more! -- Record numbers of girls are now attending school -- a new school, which is the pride of the region!

Funds are needed for additional clean water points, microfinance groups and business startups . . . and for a science lab ... so local children can finish high school!


Hope for Dukum Prostitutes

 Dukum  is a notorious road stop for sex, drugs and liquor. Women in the  hundreds who have been displaced from their land, come to Dukum looking  for work. Finding none, destitute, desperate, they sink into prostitution to try to feed their children and survive.

Through  microfinance groups, micro-business training, and Worknesh Begi's compassionate mentoring, Tarkanfi is now helping 60 women regain their dignity . . . and their lives! 

Funds are needed to provide training for hundreds more. ... and especially,  to build a Training Center where education for a wider range of opportunities can be  offered.

We're helping hundreds of people back to LIFE! - you and me!

Thank you!

Words cannot express my gratitude for your prayers and support.

God bless you!          

Worknesh Begi, President

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