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A better future for Ethiopia

Eleni Beshah, with magnificent hair drawn back, looks out and down a set of stairs.

She got started as an engineer at age 11, hooking up electrical circuits Now, if her dreams come true, Eleni Beshah will finish her chemical engineering undergrad and graduate programs at the University of Minnesota Duluth and return home to Ethiopia.

Despite a fast-growing economy, half of Ethiopians live below the poverty line. But Beshah envisions a future where more people use solar power for heat and light and clean water is available to all. And where individuals’ futures are brighter, too.

"I would like to create my own independent area of work that will provide opportunities for minorities and women in the engineering field," Beshah says. "I'm part of a new generation coming to make a change, not only in Ethiopia but also the whole continent of Africa."

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities