This is Illu Aga, a community found in the West Shoa Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia in Africa. On first glance, this community of 1300 people appears to be poor - and in many ways, they are: excessive cutting of trees for fuel has resulted in deforestation; overgrazing has led to top soil erosion; some people live in thatch roof huts and those who are better off are sheltered by corrugated iron sheets; the majority of the population is illiterate; youth are landless and forced to leave the community to find off-farm employment; and although the laws state that women have land ownership rights, in practice, they are entirely dependent on their husbands.
That's one way to look at it - and the way that most people coming into Illu Aga community to help, have been - by asking about problems, needs and deficiencies - focusing only on what is wrong.
Now, let's put a new lens on this community. Let's try this again.