Welcome to CGWE

CGWE stands for C.G. Women’s Empowerment, in honor of the Founder's Grandmother, Cawwaaqe Guuttatta, and the thousands of women like her in Oromia, Ethiopia, who are systematically denied rights and resources, making it impossible to achieve economic security.

Through the "Dabaree” process, CGWE seeks to come alongside these women to help provide long-term solutions to their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.


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


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


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

The Oromian People

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% 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.

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’


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

About Cawwaaqee Guuttatta



Dabaree Concept

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