MAHEDER HAILESELASSIE

Awramba is a unique, self sufficient Ethiopian community formed over 40 years ago by a once labeled “crazy” man Zumra Nuru. Located at more than 600kms outside of the capital city, the community follows four major principles: gender equality, respecting children’s rights, elderly caring and avoiding bad deeds.

They use weaving as a main source of income and the profit is shared equally regardless of gender or status.

Unlike other parts of Ethiopia; they believe in neither wedding nor funeral ceremonies and are not a member of any religious group. .

In Awramba, women are not limited to house work and children are sent to a kindergarten built by the community itself. Moreover, old people get special care in an elderly house.

The community system seems to work perfectly fine but it has also not yet created a guaranteed space to fit its younger & educated generation.

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