Our mission is to help indigenous peoples build resilience and adapt to their changing world with the vision of ending chronic poverty and dependence.
GTLI was founded in 2007 by Lori Pappas, a software entrepreneur who traveled extensively in Africa after early retirement. Shocked by the epidemic levels of poverty and frustrated by the lack of sustainable development work, Lori decided to apply her entrepreneurial skills and resources to the problem.
From our headquarters in Addis Ababa and our field camps in the remote tribal areas of the Hamar, BenaTsemay, Dasenech, and Nyangatom, GTLI now serves more than 75,000 people in the South Omo Zone. All GTLI project staff live in Ethiopia, including Executive Director Lori Pappas
GTLI has consistently demonstrated our ability to deliver innovative and culturally appropriate solutions in partnership with local stakeholders. Our community engagement approach pays attention to how people think, the influence of their culture, and the constraints of the society at large. The community’s goals drive our work, and we strive to blend their traditional wisdom with modern thinking to solve the new problems they face. GTLI invests in the communities where we work, training and employing emergent leaders to build and sustain a healthy and hopeful future for their people.
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