Enat Bank Catherine Hamlin Branch, around Meskel Flower area, was opened on September 06, 2014; and EnatHawassa Branch on September 21, 2014. |
The Addis Branch is named after Dr Catherine Hamlin, recognized as a pioneer in fistula surgery, andas a founder of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa with branches in five regions, serving more than 35,000 women affected by fistula over the last forty years. More importantly, Dr Catherine Hamlin brought attention to the tragedy caused by obstetric fistula for women in Ethiopia.
At the opening of the Branch, Dr FekadeAyenachew, Medical Director of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, representing Dr Catherine Hamlin, noted that improving the health of women should be proceeded with their economic empowerment. Accordingly, this specific occasion of attaching the name of the renowned woman with Enat Bank is taken as an example that should be followed by others. And finally, Dr Fekade has expressed his gratitude, on behalf of Dr Catherine Hamlin, for the recognition bestowed by the BoD and the Management of Enat Bank.
The President of Enat Bank, AtoWondewossenTeshome, for his part, said that branch expansion is one of the core areas that the Bank would focus on in this budget year. In the meantime, branch expansion planned for the year is to open 10 more in convenient places, including regional cities.
The opening of Enat Bank’s Hawassa Branch was also another big event of the month of September. The Branch whose soft opening took place on September 04, 2014, was publicly opened two weeks later. The event featured remarks from H.E. W/roGenet Geremew, Head of the SNNPRS Women, Children and Youth Affairs Bureau. “I sincerely believethat yourcontributions toward women empowerment would have an impact on the overall growth of the country,” said W/roGenet.
Key Enat figures, including the President, V/Presidents and Hawassa Branch Manager,also delivered speeches on the occasion.
A large band played music to accompany the ceremony at both openings, which is one of the few promotional strategies of Enat Bank.
The Bank has also secured licences for two more Branches: (1) Sylvia Pankhurst Sengatera Branch and (2) Enat Bank’sMekele Branch.