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The Amaro people, now numbering about two hundred thousand, are said to have come from the Christian north, in the Amhara region around Gonder many years ago; and Asnakech is very interested in improving the living conditions for the people of Amaro district where she was brought up.  Through the help of Soldaridad and USAID, training, awareness about HIV AIDS and other health matters have been brought to a large group of coffee farmers and their households in Amaro.

Although nationally great improvements in health have been achieved, health care remains a problem as well as many other districts of rural Ethiopia. Asnakech’s enduring ambition for Amaro is that a hospital can be established there, specially to help mothers-to-be and their young children. Many have to travel to the large town of Dilla more than 116 kilometers away. Often these women never return because birth incidents occur along the way; this indeed happened to her elder sister Zawditu and her baby.

Just as it was in Europe and America until the beginning of the twentieth century, child-birth and fistula remain dangerous facts of life for many young women in the countryside of Ethiopia, and in other developing countries, because of the lack of ante-natal care and midwifery services.

For the Amaro Gaayo Buna sites there are employed about 30 full time workers, but for the coffee production months from October to March each year there are usually another 300 seasonal workers, mainly at Kore Biko and Derba Menana. Most of them are women and girls, so Asnakech is very familiar with their domestic and health matters. Asnakech says “My door is always open and they often talk to me about their difficulties”.

In the countryside the womenfolk are the real organizers of the families’ affairs, health and education for children; these are the ones that need help.  Therefore, in Amaro district, Asnakech runs her own fair trade, coffee pricing scheme for over 4,000 cooperating, registered farmers. It is known as cash in the pocket!

 

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