Monday, June 29, 2015

Roasted Coffee

Coffee… That amazing drink we have been enjoying for centuries! It gives us special moments while playing significant roles in daily lives of many. But have we ever asked ourselves where the coffee that we daily consume actually comes from and the journey it takes to reach our cup?
Tukia coffee is also set up as an initiative to raise awareness about coffee among people.  Beside its taste and aroma, the freshness of coffee, knowing its origin and the path that one needs to take, from being cultivated to our cup, also matters!
The idea of Tukia coffee is based on a social concept trying to tackle the long coffee chain and its unfair global margin distribution. Raising awareness about ethically traded coffee is one of our missions. Your cup of coffee can make a global change!
Ethiopian population is estimated to be 90+ million from which coffee sustains the livelihood of 15 million people. Coffee is vital to the culture and socioeconomic life of the people. The Ethiopian economy is highly dependent on coffee as it contributes more than 25% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. The best quality green coffee bean from Ethiopia is usually exported on a bestselling day for not more than 6 dollars per 1 kilo( 2.2 pounds). 1 kilo of coffee can produce as much as 90+ cups. This amount is distributed between all parties that are involved in the coffee industry; starting from farmers who grow coffee, to processors that wash and remove the skin of the coffee cherry, to transporters that bring the coffee from Ethiopian coffee growing regions to the capital of Addis Ababa, and exporters who pack and export coffee in containers from Djibouti Port to many destinations all over the world. Our research suggests that once the green coffee bean reaches its destination and finally to roasters, the coffee is sold in a range between 21 – 45 US dollars depending on the market region. We believe this distribution is unfair for the country that produces the coffee, thus we are working toward a goal where a fair distribution to all involved; all over the world can be achieved.
Tukia coffee is not only grown and cultivated in coffee’s birth place, but also roasted and packed in Ethiopia. While drinking Tukia coffee, you can enjoy the authentic taste of coffee and be part of the African story that promotes products that are fully made in Africa.

About Roasting
The freshness of coffee is one of the most important things that contribute to an excellent cup of coffee. There are many factors that contribute to coffee quality. One of them is roasting, which is a key to the final taste of coffee. Roasting of green coffee beans must be done properly since it is a crucial factor that affects the final outcome of the coffee flavor and aroma.
By roasting in small batches, we ensure high quality products. We do not store the roasted coffee; we only produce custom coffee tailored exactly as per your preference. The roasting time and the temperature of the process determine the coffee flavor, acidity, aroma and color. You can choose your Tukia coffee to be roasted as the following:
  • Blonde Roast
  • Medium Roast
  • Medium Dark Roast
  • Dark Roast
Tukia coffee is packed right after it is roasted in an environment friendly stand up pouch with a re-sealable zipper and one way degassing valve. The valve helps to omit the CO2 from the coffee so that it will not burn itself.
We deliver fresh roasted coffee directly to your destination from Addis Ababa; making the long coffee path shorter and ensuring its freshness till your door step.
Feel free to contact us for further detail and we will be pleased to assist you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Statistics for 40/60 Condominium Apartments in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Ato Bizuneh Kinde, Director of Addis Ababa City Administration Saving Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) gave a statement on April 24th, 2015 about the 40/60 Condominium Apartment Construction in Addis Ababa. Here are some of the facts we know
  • 20,973 people have paid 40% or more
  • 1,992 40/60 condominium units will be transferred to home owners this year sometime around July (2007 Ethiopian Calendar)
  • Priority will be given to people who have paid full amount during the registration
  • Whether or not government employees will be given priority, compared to private employees is still under discussion
  • The condominium units to be transferred to home owners are located in Senga tera and Crown hotel (Kality) sites.
  • Crown hotel site has 882 houses in 14 blocks.
  • Senga tera sites have 5 blocks and 340 houses.
  • Only finishing work is remaining for the Senga tera and Crown hotel 40/60 condominium apartments

Friday, April 3, 2015

Prices & Location of Diaspora Housing in Ethiopia

Get the latest Ethiopian Diaspora Housing Program News from AddisBiz.com

Model registration procedures are sent from the Ministry’s Diaspora Directorate to all the regions, which the regions adopt based on their region’s area, land lease price, standards of urban areas where construction will take palce and construction cost, explained Fiesel. Almost all regional states have completed their directives, except Harari, Benishangul Gumuz and Afar, said Fiesel.
In Addis Abeba only, apartment houses are planned to be built, according to Addis Abeba’s Diaspora Housing Development Directive. The apartments can be a G+4 or above but if the construction is taking place in the central zone of the city only a G+12 and above apartment building are allowed, according to Tesfa Bisrat, head of Diaspora Coordinating Desk with the rank of assistant advisor to the mayor. The apartments will be built in group that contains either 12 or 24 members and 50sqm of land is allocated for each member for the house, stated Tesfa.
The Tigray regional state completed and approved its diaspora housing directives in June 2014, according to Atakilt Gebreyhiwot, Tigray Urban Development, Trade and Industry Bureau director. We have outlined an initial directive on how to proceed with the housing program but the directives can be improvised based on the interests of the house buyers as well as important guidelines we would like to include in the directive, stated Atakilt.
Tigray has planned to include apartment housing with two floors or above in all parts of the region, he said. The houses can be two, three or four bedrooms houses, according to the directives. The two-bedrooms house will rest on 60sqm-80sqm with the price tag of 424,390Br. The three-bedroom house will cost 573,500Br and rests on 80sqm-100sqm. The four-bedroom house will rest on 100sqm-136sqm with the cost of 779,960Br.
Another region, which has already completed its diaspora housing directives, is the Oromia region. The region has included in its directives an apartment as well as town housing program, according to Bayissa Hirko, Oromia Industry and Urban Development Bureau, senior expert of housing transfer and administration. The apartment will be G+4 or above, having two, three or four bedroom houses, he added. The two-bedroom house will rest on 80sqm land and costs 400,000Br, where as the three-bedroom will cost 550,000Br and rests on 100sqm land; the four bedrooms will be built on 110sqm land and will cost 700,000Br. The town houses will have a G+1 and G+2 format and will be built on 120sqm and will cost 500,000Br and 800,000Br respectively, explained Bayissa.
The Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) has categorized its urban areas in different levels, with Hawassa as a leading city. The rest are categorized as high-level, mid-level, town and developing towns, according to Aschalew Kassaye, SNNPR Industry and Urban Development Bureau, housing development and administration. The distinction was made based on population number, area, economy and service provision of the towns, explained Aschalew.
An apartment and a town house are to be built in the region, according to the directive. Only G+4 and above apartment houses will be built in Hawassa with two, three or four bedrooms which rest on 50sqm, 65sqm, and 80sqm respectively while a G+3 apartment will be built in high-level towns. The apartment houses can be two, three and four bedrooms, which will rest on 55sqm, 70sqm and 85sqm of land, respectively. Only G+1 and G+2 town houses can be built in mid-level towns that have two, three or four bedrooms and built on 60sqm, 75sqm, and 90sqm, accordingly. For the developing towns only the construction of a single storey town house construction is allowed, stated Aschalew. It will have two, three or four bedrooms, which rest on 65sqm, 80sqm and 90sqm of land respectively. But cost decisions will not be finalized until January 9, 2015, he added.
Dire Dewa has only planned the construction of G+2 and G+3 town houses, according to Sebsibe Mekonnen, the city’s diaspora affairs coordinator. The houses will have two, three and four bedrooms, which rest on 128sqm, 160sqmand 200sqm, respectively, with 582,400Br, 728,000Br, and 910,000Br cost.
The payment will be made in hard currency, 50pc upon registration and the rest when construction begins, according to Feisel. An Ethiopian diaspora who has never owned a house by his name or through his relatives can register for the program. It is possible to register collectively forming 12-24 members, stated Fiesel. The home buyers can come up with their own design but as for hiring a contractor of their choice, some regions directive compel them to hire only government contractor.
The directives are a work-in-progress, which could be modified based on the discussion, stated Sebsibe. We are trying to come up with standardized and similar directives and most of the directives reflect this, stated Fiesel. The directives, which are collected from the regional diaspora offices, have been distributed to Ethiopian embassies. When all the regions complete the preparation, then we can proceed to the registration phase as we are now completing the work plan schedule, added Feisel.

Friday, March 27, 2015

List of Names for 10/90 and 20/80 Condominium Apartment Winners Addis Ababa Ethiopia

UPDATE [APRIL 28, 2015] - 40/60 Condominium - New Information about total number of people who have registered, total number of people who paid the full amount has been released. Check out the link below.
40/60 Condominium Statistics
 
The Addis Ababa City Administration Housing Administration and Development Agency has handed over 35,000 condominiums to beneficiaries on Sunday March 22. The ceremony was held at the Addis Ababa Theater and Cultural Hall in the presence of Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Construction, Mekuria Haile and Mayor of Addis Ababa Driba Kuma. The condominiums are located at Basha Wolde, Yeka Abado, Tulu Dimtu, Lideta Meliso Malmat and Genet Menefesha.

Addis Ababa Saving Houses Development Enterprise announced that it will hand over 1, 292 houses built under the 40/60 scheme to registered city dwellers this Ethiopian fiscal year, some time around July 07, 2015.

Recalling the construction of 13,000 condos launched this Ethiopian budget year, the general manager said 30,000 houses are currently being built in the capital. Alongside reducing shortage of houses in the city, the 40/60 housing development project has raised the culture of saving, it was learned.

You can download the list of names in PDF format by following the links below.

List of names for 10/90 condominium apartment winners.

List of names for 20/80 condominium apartment winners.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

41,000 Condominium Apartments to be transferred to home owners on March 19 - March 22, 2015

UPDATE [APRIL 28, 2015] - 40/60 Condominium - New Information about total number of people who have registered, total number of people who paid the full amount has been released. Check out the link below.
40/60 Condominium Statistics 

UPDATE : THE CONDOMINIUM UNITS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO HOME OWNERS ON MARCH 22, 2015.

List of names for 10/90 condominium apartment winners Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

List of names for 20/80 condominium apartment winners Addis Ababa Ethiopia.


41,000 condominium apartment units will be transferred to home owners on March 19 - March 22, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ato Diriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis Ababa disclosed that 32,000 of the units will be given to new home owners while 7,000 will be given to those who were relocated for the construction of the condominium apartments. Out of the 35,000 houses, 1,000 are 10/90 condominium units while the remaining 34,000 are 20/80 units. The condominium units are located in Yeka Abado, Bole Bulbula, Tulu Dimtu and 7 other locations.

Ato Diriba Kuma also noted that there will be additional 1,200 40/60 condominium apartments that will be handed to home owners this fiscal year. There will also be a construction of new 15,000 40/60 condominium apartments. At the end of this fiscal year (Sene 2007 Ethiopian Calendar), 32,000 additional condominium apartments will be handed to owners. Out of the total 32,000 units, only 1,200 units will be 40/60 apartments while the remaining are 20/80 condominiums.

To get the latest updates on condominium construction in Ethiopia, check the below links.

- 40/60 Condominium
- 20/80 Condominium
- 10/90 Condominium

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Solar Energy and Renewable Energy Company in Ethiopia

A.S. Clean Energy Technology PLC was founded by a team of professional Mechanical Engineers, Energy Technologists, Electrical Engineers and Electronics Technologists who are passionate about keeping the environment clean and contribute to green economic development of Ethiopia.

As an Renewable Energy company in Ethiopia, A.S. Clean Energy Technology PLC aims to provide Renewable Energy resource harnessing products and offer services such as consultancy, construction, erection and installation as contractor for renewable energy technologies.

A.S. Clean Energy Technology PLC envisions to become an internationally renowned  problem solving Company in the field of Energy by enhancing energy efficient technologies and renewable energy resources & technology utilization.

Some of the services provided by A.S. Clean Energy Technology PLC are :-

- Solar Energy harnessing system design, supply and installation
- Wind Power generation and usage
- Hydro-Power Scheme Development for small rivers
- Electromechanical Works

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Why you need a website for your business in Ethiopia.

Like many small business owners, you may believe your business cannot benefit from having a website or that a website is not within your budget. Or maybe you think because you don’t use a computer, neither do your potential customers. These are misconceptions. These 8 reasons show why your company NEEDS a professional website, no matter what size your business.

1. YOUR SMALL BUSINESS WILL GAIN CREDIBILITY

Today, more and more consumers use the internet to search for the products or services they need. Your small business will gain credibility by having a website. Without one, potential customers will go to your competitors that do. If you already have a website but it is "home-made", having it professionally redesigned will provide your business with a professional image which will inspire even greater confidence. For home-based businesses, this is particularly beneficial since you do not have a store front to promote your products or services.

2. A WEBSITE SAVES YOU MONEY

As a small business owner you probably think you can't afford a professional website, but you can't afford NOT to. Although the cost of designing a website varies, once it's up and running, a website for a small business generally costs under 100 birr a month and, in some cases, as little as 70 birr. Compared with the cost of a newspaper ad, when you consider the potential market you can reach with a website, it is a very cost effective way to promote your business.

3. IT WILL ENABLE YOU TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS INFORMED

Think of your website as being your online brochure or catalog. It is much easier and quicker to update information about your products and services on your website than in print material, making it an effective way of letting your customers know about the arrival of new products, upcoming events, special promotions, or any new services you now offer. Unlike print ads which quickly become outdated, your website can provide current information and news.

 4. IT IS ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE

A website is available to both your regular and potential customers 24/7/365 providing them with the convenience of reviewing your products and services when your store or office is closed. With today’s busy lifestyles, this is a great selling point when making a purchase decision.

 5. A WEBSITE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO TARGET A WIDER MARKET

Whether you provide products or services, your website will provide an alternative location to sell them. As a retailer, a website (eCommerce) is a great place to sell your products to a wider market; even services can be made available globally. Don't think you'll be able to sell your products or services online? Don't forget, even cars and houses sell online!

 6. IT PROVIDES A MEDIUM ON WHICH TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

No matter what type of business you’re in, a website is a great place to showcase your work. By including a portfolio or image gallery, as well as testimonials about your work, you can demonstrate what makes your business unique.

 7. A WEBSITE SAVES YOU TIME

Providing information to your customers takes time, whether it’s on the phone, face-to-face, in a brochure, or in emails. With an online catalog you can provide lots of information about your products and services. Once your website is up and running, it is available to your customers indefinitely, saving you time. And what is time? Time is money!

 8. IT IMPROVES CUSTOMER SERVICE

Maybe you sell environmentally friendly products and would like to share tips on how to recycle, or perhaps you’re an accountant and want to give your clients advice on how to simplify their bookkeeping practices. By including a FAQ page, adding articles or uploading newsletters to answer all your customers' questions you can keep them up-to-date. What better way to provide them with value added service than by sharing information on your website.

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E-Commerce
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