In Ethiopia, we partner with Artisan Businesses seeking to bring hope and dignified work to women emerging from vulnerable situations. Many of the women who craft our pieces are HIV+ or are beginning new lives after working in prostitution on the streets of Addis Ababa. Through fair and meaningful work, these women are overcoming stigma, pulling themselves out of poverty, and rediscovering their value and worth.
4 NEW LEATHER BAGS
released in 2020
200% INCREASE IN ORDERS
with an Artisan Business Partner due to new leather products
AN INCREASE IN CUSTOMER PURCHASES
of leather products created 16 new Artisan jobs
Upcycled Metal and Artillery
As they move through fields of coffee, wheat, and sorghum, Ethiopian farmers scan the ground for a very different harvest—artillery shells from former conflicts. When unable to find enough artillery shells, craftsman utilize recycled metal scraps. Local craftsmen melt the shells and metal down and hand form each beautiful bead, and then transport the beads to women in Addis Ababa who string them into beautiful accessories.
The Artisan Business Partner in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who produces the handmade leather styles, empower marginalized and vulnerable youth living in the city by creating dignified employment opportunities. Their Artisans include former street youth who have been able to transform their lives through intensive training and education. The business harnesses locally sourced materials to create beautiful, high-quality products.
Ethiopia on Flourish
YOU HELPED RAISE $15,750 FOR ETHIOPIA!
FROM THE GROUND UP: CAPACITY BUILDING IN ETHIOPIA
FINDING BEAUTY IN HARD THINGS