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This article, written by Jonathan Kalan, expounds upon some of the major setbacks facing entrepreneurship in Ethiopia. WIth only 1% of the country accessing the internet, it ranks as the 142nd country in terms of internet usage and143rd for mobile usage. But there is hope!

Posted in Ethiopia

Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia have a lot of hurdles to overcome. Walking around the streets of Addis the majority of shops you'll come across sell textiles, CDs, shoes, and handcrafted items. Many storefronts are shut down entirely.

Posted in Ethiopia

Authentic Ethiopian clothing can be purchased on this site. The link to their blog contains more information about the material used and the cultural significance. Fashion and modeling are definitely trending right now in Ethiopia.

Posted in Ethiopia

Traditional Ethiopian dress and shoes, made from goat hair and shells.

Posted in Ethiopia

Here is more information about the structure of Ethiopia's school system, located on a site created by an organization that funds education programs that are managed by former students.

Posted in Ethiopia

The gorgeous smiles of a few Ethiopian schoolchildren. This particular school, in Addis, contained grades 1-5. They used paper booklets for their homework and writing assignments and the teachers wrote using chalk on the board. There was no technology. The curriculum for all the subjects was based on UN guidelines.

Posted in Ethiopia

Here is an article with further information on the waste management system of Addis Ababa. Policy changes are constantly being made to try and improve the situation for city residents, but so far Addis has yet to come up with an effective system that leaves everyone happy.

Posted in Ethiopia

Here are a few women carrying loads of rubbish on their backs from the city dump in Addis Ababa. For those with no education and no work, the dump can be a huge survival resource, providing food, housing materials, and items to be resold on the streets.

Posted in Ethiopia

Here is a documentary detailing the complex historical narratives related to the orthodox monasteries (and this is for just one monastery!). Audio in Amharic, English subtitles.

Posted in Ethiopia

There are many amazing monasteries in Ethiopia. This one is located on a hill top in the capital, Addis Ababa. The people on the left have come to be healed from demonic spirits. Every wednesday they bind their arms together and rock back and forth to ask the priests for mercy. Whenever the villagers get HIV or TB the priests tell them to have more faith and they'll be healed - they just need to throw away their medication - but when the priests themselves get sick they take their pills religiously.

Posted in Ethiopia