Ethiopia
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DORZE

THE VILLAGE IS LOCATED IN SOUTH IN ETHIOPIA, AT 500 KM FROM ADDIS ABEBA, ON THE GUGE MOUNTAINS. THE DORZE PEOPLE ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR WEAVING SKILLS.

THE VILLAGE

DORZE
COMMUNITY
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Dorze is located at around 3.000 m above sea level, it is famous for the huge huts, resembling a giant beehive. Although these huts look fragile, they can last up to 60 years.+

The huts can also be transported to another locations. Every hut hat a sort of ''nose'' at its south side, serving as reception room. After our eyes were accustomed at the rather darkness, coming from the full sunlight, it was interesting to see the construction of the hut from the inside. It’s surprising the large space in the hut when outside it looked so small. In the middle of the hut there is an open fire for cooking. There are also low benches to sit around the fire. Along the walls are located sleeping places and places for storage. Smaller huts can include guest houses, a workshop, a kitchen and even cattle shed. When termites attack the hut, the Dorze can just remove it from its foundation and relocate it. This allows the home to last much longer, but every move shortens the height of the hut. Women of the Dorze tribe have most of the responsibility in the family. They take care of children as well as the house choirs. The women are also responsible for cooking, spinning cotton and collecting firewood. The Dorze men spend most of their time on the farm or building huts.

ECONOMY

Economy
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Dorze people engage in small-scale farming or subsistence agriculture and keeps livestock such as goat, cows and chicken for domestic consumption.+

As farmers, they have an expertise in preventing soil erosion, by ingenious terracing off the mountainside. In their farmlands, the Dorze people grow highland cereals. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, fruits and tobacco. The major profession that Dorze people are noted in Ethiopia is weaving, the weaving skills that they employ on their clothes, fences, blankets. They are renowned for their homeshand-woven cotton garments called Shamma. There is an opportunity to observe the process of making Kotcho in some Dorze villages. They also hand-weave heavy blankets called Bulluko. A much thinner cotton cloth, which has a wide demand countrywide, is used to tailor dresses for women. Special skills are necessary to design and weave the multicolored intricate edging, called Tibeb.

WATER ACCESS

WATER COLLECTION

Dorze people engage in small-scale farming or subsistence agriculture and keeps livestock such as goat, cows and chicken for domestic consumption.
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As farmers, they have an expertise in preventing soil erosion, by ingenious terracing off the mountainside. In their farmlands, the Dorze people grow highland cereals. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, fruits and tobacco. The major profession that Dorze people are noted for in Ethiopia is weaving. They are renowned for their hand-woven cotton garments called Shamma. There is an opportunity to observe the process of making Kotcho in some Dorze villages. They also hand-weave heavy blankets called Bulluko. A much thinner cotton cloth, which has a wide demand countrywide, is used to tailor dresses for women. Special skills are necessary to design and weave the multicolored intricate edging, called Tibeb. 

WATER TRANSPORTATION

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For the daily water collection trips can take about 30 minutes or longer.
They are made primary by women but not only, the task falls also to children, girls and boys.+

The fact that it's not just the quality of water that's at issue but also the health implications for such and physically heavy task. Once a woman gets to a water source, she can expect to spend even more time waiting in line, then comes the hard part: taking the water back home and this may take another half hour. A single trip for water each day it is often not enough, depending on the size of the family and the household's needs — like laundry, for instance — women may make this trip multiple times on the same day. Water collection times have real impacts on women and girls lives and on the village economy. To collect the water they often use a jerry can, a bright yellow plastic container that was originally filled with gasoline or cooking oil. It can hold 5 gallons (20 liters) of water and weighs about 40 pounds (20 kg). Where the yellow plastic container is not available heavy clay pots are used. The time invested for water collection could boost women's economic activity.

WARKA TOWER

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The Warka Tower, version 3.2, was successfully installed in March 2015 as the first WT Pilot to be deployed in a rural community. This has been a very important milestone for the project development and much experience has been gained since. This very important knowhow acquired has been fundamental for the implementation of the project for the following versions up to the version 3.8, that represent the second pilot in a rural community, that is under construction at tne moment in Haiti.