Welcome to CGWE

C.G. Women’s Empowerment (“CGWE”) is a Christian, non-profit organization (501 (c) (3) named after Cawwaaqe Guuttatta and the thousands of women like her in Oromia, Africa. These women are systematically denied rights and resources making it impossible to provide for themselves and their families due to cultural and political reasons.

CGWE seeks to come alongside these women (often single mothers) and help provide long-term solutions to their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Through the process called "Dabaree" Women are able to receive a cow free of charge, use it's products for food and profit and pass on the first born female calves to other needy families.

Empower

Empower women to attain economic and social rights and eradicate all forms of violence and discrimination in the Oromia regional state.

Enable

Enable small farmers, women, elderly and children to organize around common issues of concern for livelihood and revitalize a proven community-based traditional support system and institution.

Reduce

Reduce vulnerability of target groups to transitory food shortage, enabling rehabilitation of their degraded land.

Develop

Develop relations with government organizations, civil institutions, NPO/NGOs to further expand development.

C.G. Women's Empowerment

Giving cows away is just the first step. Connecting women to the local church and other local organizations is key to breaking deep-seeded lies about their worth to God, to others and themselves. In women who are so often without hope in their own home and very little power to change their surroundings CGWE desires to empower and give a hope that can last for generations to come.

CGWE works with and follows a proven model created but an organization in Oromia called Hundee.

See how Hundee works:

 

 

 

Ethiopia is one of the World's poorest countries. Out of a population of over 80 million people, 35 million people are living in abject poverty. About 44 percent of the population lives under the poverty line, more than 12 million people don’t have food available. On average, the people live on 25 cents a day.

 

 

 

 

 

The Oromia Region is the largest region in Ethiopia with similar socio-economic measures and comprises nearly half of the population in Ethiopia. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) listings which arranges countries according to their overall level of human development, ranks Ethiopia 171st out of a total of 174 nations. The HDI is a composite index that measures life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rate, school enrollment ratio, and the GDP per capita. 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Ethiopians live in rural areas with agriculture as their main occupation and about 80% of Ethiopians are dependent on agriculture as their main livelihood. Increased poverty, water scarcity, and food scarcity are some of the negative impacts that hit small-scale farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

Families, which are run by the women, are especially susceptible to abject poverty resulting in innumerable deaths of infants, malnutrition, and illiteracy in the poor families. Thus, empowering women not only saves lives, but also helps families to help themselves feed their families, educate their children, and protect their families from curable diseases. 

What Our Partners Say

Dear Mimi, 

I hope this note finds you well this Sunday morning! 

I just had to take a moment to extend gratitude to you on behalf of our kids and team here at KIPP Columbus for taking time out of your day to share your powerful story with our kids this past Friday. 

Personally, I can say that I was moved to hear your story of struggle and triumph; it was clear that the kids felt the same way as I debriefed with them following our conversation. The ladies who heard your story made clear connections to our school values of perseverance and navigate in conjunction with your life story. 

 

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Core Beliefs & Values

  • Human dignity and equality
  • Gender sensitivity and equity
  • Partnership
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Respect for communities’ culture
  • Commitment and persistence
  • Team work and collective decision-making
  • Compassion and Servant hood
  • Excellence

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"For nothing will be impossible with God.” 
Luke 1:37 

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. "   Matthew 5:16 

Founder Dureti (Mimi) Tadesse with co-founder and husband, Daniel Daffa.

About Mimi

Terri Kirk CGWE co-founder wanted to share the picture of Dureti “Mimi” Tadesse with her ‘Service above Self’

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CGWE distributed donated portable solar lights to be used in the non-electrified rural area to provide light to...

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Cawwaaqee was a woman who got married against her will, essentially kidnapped and forced to stay with her husband.

Cawwaaqee Guuttatta

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