It is commonly known in Ethiopia that “Edir” is a cultural institution established by members for members in the form of a life insurance. Edir takes care of the liones share of the expenses during death of a member or its family. While alive, Edir creates the avenue through which members provide support and show cooperation to one another during the times of sickness and happiness. Usually, Edir is formed by residents of the same “Kebele”, an equivalent of residents of the same zip code, or bigger. In a way, it’s very common to have more than one Edir within the same town. Following that same tradition and experience groups born from a certain specific area in Ethiopia and currently living out of their country of origin create their own version of Edir for their use in the diaspora. Similarly, Gojam Mutaul Asssociation-Felege Ghion-Edir was formed by sons and daughters born in Gojam, Ethiopia and currently residing in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Gojam Edir is legally registered in the state of Maryland as a non profit organization since the year 2014.

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