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    |TEAM NAFTECH| Team Naftech was formed in 2009. Girls Gotta Run Foundation provided the funding to support seven young female athletes who had come from the Ethiopian countryside to Addis Ababa to finish school and become competitive runners. Each runner lived with family members in the city and the start-up grant provided funds for running shoes and clothes, transportation to training locations, and coach subsidies for the team. The uniforms and athletic gear provided to Team Naftech allowed them to compete in races sponsored by the Addis Ababa Athletics Federation. Teams without uniforms are not permitted to compete in such competitions and therefore cannot develop a record of competitive running.

    In 2010 Girls Gotta Run awarded Team Naftech a development grant which allowed them to create a self-supporting team model and is now functioning independent of Girls Gotta Run funding resources.