The Flour Mill Project

The problem

In rural Ethiopia women, especially young girls, are often tasked with hand-grinding flour using stone grinders for daily meals. This laborious task can take up to ten hours and only produce 8 KG of flour, barely enough to last two days. 

This routine chore prevents the women from engaging in more productive tasks such as farming, selling in the market or in the case of school children, from completing their homework.

There are also massive health risks associated with stone ground flour as stone chips (grits) can crack teeth and cause significant damage.

How we help

THAF has partnered with the Zoz Amba Foundation in sponsoring over 17 flour mills in strategic locations throughout Ethiopia.

These machine operated flour mills can produce 100 KG of grain in as little as 20 minutes, enough to last a full month

Each flour mill is costly to install and we need your help in sponsoring additional mills so everyone can have access to this life changing service. 


Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.

    2012 World Bank Report

A woman grinds flour with a baby on her back

Grinding can take 40 hrs+ per week

A flour mill can do the same work in minutes! 

Flour mills change lives!

Video provided by the Zoz Amba Foundation