In Ethiopia, an Edir (var. eddir) is a traditional community organization whose members assist each other during the mourning process. Members make monthly financial contributions forming the Edir's fund. They are entitled to receive a certain sum of money from this fund, whose rate varies based on how close the deceased is to the Edir member. The purpose for such payment is to help cover funeral and other expenses associated with deaths. wikipedia
As described above, the idea of EDIR emanated from our culture of motherland Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Community EDIR (ECE) was established in August 2008 by voluntary Ethiopians/Ethiopian-Americans legally residing in DFW, TX. It is structured as a special unit under the auspices of the MAAEC Inc., designated for a specific purpose in assisting participants-only to cover funeral expenses.