A country of great opportunity

Ethiopia

Ethiopia's recent economic growth and strides in poverty reduction are remarkable. But there is much work yet to be done. It remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Most of the people live in the rural countryside and millions still live without the most basic services like clean water and health care. The progress to date and the commitment of the people create an opportunity to create amazing impact.

Village
By Village

Ethiopia is on a path to eradicate extreme poverty. Glimmer is proud to be a part of this journey—village by village.

Explore Our 2017 Villages

We are building a network of resilient communities across rural Ethiopia. Click on the villages on the map to get to know some of the places where Glimmer currently is implementing our proven approach.

Gonok Village
Gonok Village

Perched in the beautiful mountains of the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia is the village of Gonok. The peaks and valleys that make Gonok beautiful also make it a challenging place to live. Despite having to travel long distances for many basic needs, the people are joyful, kind and always immensely welcoming.

Villages of Medebay Zana
Villages of Medebay Zana

Medebay Zana, made up of 12 villages and 94,500 people, is incredibly remote and poor. Despite the conditions here, there is also great, untapped potential for agricultural growth that will build income and food stability for families here. Glimmer’s investment, in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, is creating a thriving and resilient community.

Villages of Maichew
Villages of Maichew

In the rocky highlands of Tigray, the people of Maichew have the advantage of close access to markets. Glimmer’s focus on providing loans and training for beekeeping and livestock support will improve income stability here. The deep need for education in Maichew prioritized primary and secondary education projects in our early years of work in this community.

Villages of AdiKeyh
Villages of AdiKeyh

The Villages of AdiKeyh sit amongst the mountains of the Ethiopian Highlands. Though farming is the main livelihood here, it is a difficult lifestyle to maintain. Residents grow crops like tomatoes, cabbage, apples and avocados under the harsh sun. Everyone here is committed to the well-being of the community.

Gonok Village
Gonok Village

Perched in the beautiful mountains of the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia, is the village of Gonok. The peaks and valleys that make Gonok beautiful also make it a challenging place to live. Despite having to travel long distances for many basic needs, the people are joyful, kind and always immensely welcoming.

Senale Village
Senale Village

This remote village is sprawled over the desolate peaks of the Tigray region. Camels, donkeys and cattle wander throughout. The land may be tough, but so are the people. Like many villages in this region, the main source of livelihood is agriculture. Villagers grow crops like teff, cabbage and lettuce.

Tercha Village
Tercha Village

Deep in the lush lowlands of Southern Ethiopia lies the isolated village of Tercha. Though deeply impoverished, the community is abuzz with activity. Children gather for impromptu soccer matches, donkeys haul water and materials from place to place, and villagers celebrate special occasions with singing and dancing. 

Robit Village
Robit Village

Situated in the Amhara region, Robit is surrounded by lush and beautiful fields. Men herd cattle through the streets as women sort herbs and spices in front of their homes. The village has an economy founded on agriculture and hosts a large weekly market where villagers sell their goods. Robit is always buzzing.

Case Study

A Village Transformed

Without a road into Robit, the villagers were cut off from a world of opportunity and services. The closest town was inaccessible for months each year—putting trade, a good education and jobs out of reach. Contaminated water and preventable diseases created a life of daily struggle, especially for women and girls.

Explore The Road To Robit

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