Celebrating our Women

March 30, 2015

Earlier this month we celebrated International Women's Day - a day to mark the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. The theme for this year was 'Make it Happen'...a mantra we're living by at Limalimo Lodge at the moment!

We want to take the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women working on Limalimo's construction site. Increasingly, women are becoming an integral part of the construction scene in Ethiopia. Getting stuck in alongside their colleagues, women at Limalimo are heavily involved in the rammed earth construction, equipping them with a new skill that can be used for years to come.  

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This is Agir; at 18 years old, she is one of the best labourers on the Limalimo site - better in fact than a lot of the guys! She lives just 200 metres from the building site with her family, where she's the only girl, with five brothers. She studied up to grade 8 (age 13) and is one of our candidates to become a waitress when the lodge opens. 

 

 

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Meet Alemitu. She's 28 years old and lives 20 minutes from the Limalimo site with her husband and six year old daughter. Alemitu's father used to own eucalyptus trees on the Limalimo site, but years ago, when boundaries moved and the area become part of the National Park, he was no longer allowed to use them. He's very happy that Alemitu has a job there now, as is Alemitu. She's very proud of her job and has the potential to work for the Lodge when it opens as a house-keeper.

 

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This is Endalu (right) - she's in her 30's and lives in a nearby village with her husband and 10 year old son. Before working at Limalimo, Endalu used to sell local beer in the village. She's unsure what she'll do after construction at the site finishes, but is very pleased to have her job and enjoys working with the other women on the site. 

 

 

For many girls and women in rural Ethiopia, there are limited opportunities. Just 8% of women have had any secondary school education, needed instead to collect water, firewood and look after the home. The Limalimo community is an example of a rural village with few opportunities for girls. 

This is why we’re so pleased that in an average month, 48% of our staff on the Limalimo site are women. Most importantly, these women are getting a fair wage that matches that of their male counterparts – sadly something that isn’t so common on all construction sites.

In June we’ll start training the front of house staff – many of which will be women from Limalimo. We’re looking forward to them bringing their fun-loving characters, hard work and love for the Simien’s to every guests’ visit!

 

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