We all know that best coffee on the planet comes from Ethiopia. But did you know that incredible leather work and gorgeous textiles come from Ethiopia too?! Here are a few brands from Ethiopia we're loving right now.
Supermodel / actress and former World Health Organisation's Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Liya Kebede discovered that traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their goods and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.
Your purchase of a fashionABLE product creates sustainable business in Africa. FashionABLE is committed to long-term solutions to fighting poverty, with a main focus of creating opportunities for vulnerable women. That means that your purchase creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.
With the inaugural launch, Parker Clay is partnering with the non-profit Women at Risk in giving back to help more women in Ethiopia realize their potential and to empower them. By purchasing from Parker Clay, you join this movement. Woman at Risk has been helping women in Ethiopia for over 18 years through rehabilitation, counseling, and skills training. 94% of the women that have completed their program have stayed out of the commercial sex industry.
SoleRebels began to bring jobs to their community, a place where there literally were none. They are committed to not only creating jobs for their fellow citizens but excellent paying ones, ones that are far and about what other local employers were paying for similar work! The wages on average are over 233% higher than the industry average. What that means is that the average workers earn a full 4-5 times the legal minimum wage and over 3 times the industry average.