Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and yet it still struggles with political unrest, high poverty rates and low education rates.

Ethiopia has experienced decades of political turmoil and the impoverished country is now under further stress due to the influx of refugees from South Sudan. About one third of the population lives below the poverty line, and as the adverse affects of climate change continue to threaten agriculture, the base of the Ethiopian economy, the population living below the poverty line could rise. About half of all children ages five to 14 work.

Located in East Africa and bordered by Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and Sudan, Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and the world, interrupted only by a weak five-year Italian colonization. The country’s economy is based on agriculture, which accounts for almost 50% of its GDP and a majority of the total employment.

Our Work in Ethiopia

In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicentre Strategy. An epicentre is a dynamic centre of community mobilisation and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members. Through the Epicentre Strategy, 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages, giving villages more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have while also increasing a community’s ability to collectively utilise resources. The epicentre building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organisations. Over an eight-year period, an epicentre addresses hunger and poverty and moves along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.

The Hunger Project–Ethiopia is comprised of eight epicentres. Together these epicentres serve an area with 195 villages and a total population of 149,300 people. The Hunger Project-Ethiopia has implemented epicentres in five districts in Oromiya, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region and Amhara regional states.

The Hunger Project has been working in Ethiopia since 2004. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with community partners to successfully access the basic services needed to lead lives of self-reliance and achieve internationally agreed upon markers of success, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Guiré Salimata, Burkina Faso

Today, Guiré Salimata finds herself busy running a successful restaurant and providing for her five children. In 2013, before Guiré began participating in the Boulkon Epicentre Microfinance Programme with The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso, her...

Awa Ndiaye, Senegal

    Awa Ndiaye is 37 years old. She lives with her husband (a construction worker), his three daughters (thirteen, nine and three years) and her five-year-old son. Mrs Ndiaye joined the The Hunger Project’s Microfinance Programme (MFP) in Senegal in...

Fátima Filimonecossa, Mozambique

Fátima Filimonecossa, is 55-years-old, married and the mother of three sons. She was born in Gaza Province and she lives live in Zuza village with her family. She is a student in adult literacy in a class of 32 students (29 women and three men)....

Dina Amartey, Ghana

Since joining The Hunger Project’s Women’s Empowerment Program and becoming a trained animator in Ghana, Dina has expanded her farm, started a new business and has positively affected the lives of women in her community. My name is Dina Amartey; I...

Elisabeth Obubuafo, Ghana

    Elisabeth is making the impossible possible. Elisabeth Obubuafo is a shining example of an empowered woman, running multiple businesses, sending her children to school and providing food for her community. It was not always this way. Elisabeth...

Madame Djalla Brigitte, Benin

    Madame Djalla Brigitte’s story of community leadership is inspiring. She is 37 years old, married and mother to one girl. She lives in Kissamey, in the Aplahoué community in Benin. Prior to her participation with The Hunger Project, she was...

Elizabeth Kalimbuka, Malawi

My name is Elizabeth Kalimbuka, and I am a widow of Pangilesi partner village, born on the 16th of July, 1963. I tested HIV-positive in 2004, and I am a member of Ambuye Tiyang'aniren community-based organisation (CBO) founded in 2005, in Nchalo...

Derare Hirpha, Ethiopia

Derare Hirpha, a 37-year-old married mother of six, is a Jaldu Epicentre committee member and secretary of the management committee of the SACCO (the name of the Rural Bank established by our Microfinance Programme). "I lost my mother when I was six...

David Tetteh, Ghana

David Tetteh, 45, is a farmer and resident of Abourso in the Dominase Epicentre in Ghana. He became involved with The Hunger Project in 2008 after a Community Animator, Felix Narh, organised a Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop in the community....

Sehari Ledi, Ethiopia

Mrs. Sehari Ledi is a member of Enemore Epicentre (near Welkite - Gurage Zone, Ethiopia). She is 43 years old and has six children. Her main source of income is small farming and some petty trade. According to Sehari, her family has benefited highly...

Photography credits: Banner image – Johannes Ode