Metahara Sugar Factory Case Study

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Metahara Sugar Factory

Living Conditions The living conditions in the factory itself are on par, if not better than those of the local Karrayyu tribe. Danel Kidane, the resident expert at ICS, described the conditions as, “impressive”, however he regretfully noted that, “it is all relative” and that compared to the living conditions in MEDC’s (More Economically Developed Countries), the conditions fail to meet standards.

When I inspected the housing at the factory, I noticed a lack of refrigerators, as well as other basic equipment that others would consider vital. As far as the workers themselves know however, they are living in luxury. Their situation could best be compared to

What is the compound like? When you first enter the compound, it is like entering another world. The compound is like a small city; it has a fire station, ambulance, and numerous stores. With lush green and fields of sugar, the compound will most certainly come as a sharp contrast to the arid desert that so
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The factory pays a massive one million birr on an annual basis for the rights to use the Awash River. Through a long process, potentially dangerous chemicals produced by the factory become harmless. In addition, the byproducts produced aid the community. The molasses is sold to locals for use, and other similar byproducts are used to power the factory. Because of this, the factory does not need to drain any valuable energy from the national energy grid.
The factory also contains a hospital that not only attends to the workers at the factory, but also attends to the needs of the local people. Also, the Metahara factory is one of the highest paying government owned businesses in the country. Workers are very well paid and water and electricity come free of charge at the factory. Compared to the living conditions of people outside the factory, homes on the factory are mansions. It is like night and

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