Roots Ethiopia works within the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia.

We work…

In areas that lack quality school options.

In rural areas, nearby school options for all students are limited. The most affordable schools are often overcrowded and are without basic materials or support.

In areas with unreliable access to schooling.

Where schools are available, the barriers to attendance often prove insurmountable for families. Many rural students struggle to afford the tuition, clothing, and materials needed for success in school – especially girls.

In areas with a vulnerable economy.

Most families live on 50 cents per day. They depend on subsistence farming; however, scarcity of farmland means more than half of young people are unemployed.

About the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia

  • It is Ethiopia’s most rural region.
  • It has a population density of 141 people per square kilometer.
  • Adult literacy among men is 57%.
  • Adult literacy among women is 22.4%.
  • 1 in 3 people live in poverty.
  • Some lowland areas don’t have enough land to meet basic food production needs.
  • Female-headed households have less access to land.
  • Electricity is available to less than 27% of the population.
  • Prevalence of farming leaves households vulnerable to drought.
  • Road density is still one of the lowest in Africa, making travel difficult.
  • Limited access to credit stifles business and investment.
  • Poverty rates increase by 7% for every 10 km from a market town.
  • Low rates of primary school completion prevent strengthening livelihoods.