Lake Langano Artisans

Lake Langano, about 200 km south of Addis Ababa, is a popular destination for tourists. As the only bilharzias-free lake in Ethiopia, many tourists enjoy water sports, swimming, and boating in its reddish waters. Wildlife in the area is also abundant including hippos, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, and a large variety of birds.

Wondo Abdi Gudina Handcraft Association

Sales Outlet: Community Store at the Bishangari Lodge
Location: East Langano, Oromiya, Ethiopia
Contact: Amaru Mene +251 191 094 9334

The 16 women and 1 man from the remote villages surrounding Lake Langano came together to form the Wondo Abdi Gudina Handcraft Association. Together the women create intricately carved calabash gourds, baskets, and beaded jewelry while the men carve horn into delightful and whimsical sculptures.

Kelo Handicraft Association

Sales Outlet: Kelo Gift Shop located on the road to the former Langano Bekele Mola Hotel off of the Muyale Highway. The shop is built from a blue corrugated shipping container.
Location: Kelo, Oromiya, Ethiopia
Contact: Shibere Kedir +251 191 373 6222 (Amharic and Afan Oromo only)

Twelve women and 3 men represent the association. The women practice calabash carving, basket making, and jewelry production, often drawing inspiration from local wildlife and scenery. The men carve horn into wonderful little models which make ideal souvenirs.

Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

Come and Enjoy!

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