Stories

Tizita

Tizita

Like all fashionABLE products, these bracelets are named after one of the heroic women we work with. Tizita, who works at Entoto, is ABLE to achieve her dreams. Read on for more of her story...   "I was born in the country and came to Addis when I was 17. I got married and we had a healthy son. A few years later, my husband got very sick. As his situation worsened, we found out I was pregnant. We moved to live with my husband’s parents and they suggested that I get checked for HIV. The results came and it turned...

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Teshome

Teshome

I live with my family and support my little sisters. I’ve been working at Modern Zege for 5 years, ever since I graduated from the Leather Industry Dev’t Institute. // I came in with no experience, but they trained me well. I am always looking to improve my skills at work and to be a more valuable employee.  

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Susan

Susan

I love that I’m not dependent on a boyfriend, but I can be self-sufficient. I am able to support my little sister through her college, and to save for my future needs. I want to develop more skills in the leather manufacturing business and advance to become a designer.

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Sewunet

Sewunet

Sewunet is 21 years old and lives with her family. She worked in the Middle East for a short period as a housemaid, trying to support her parents, until she was deported back to Ethiopia. She felt bad when she came back, but is happy to have found a new job. With this work she feels more respected and dignified. She’s grateful to no longer be a burden to her family, and to now be able to support them. She dreams of specifically being a pro in leather seaming and stitching.

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Selam

Selam

I grew up in a big family, but fled to the city when I was 15 because I didn’t want an arranged marriage. I started as a housekeeper, and worked for 3 years. When I was 18, I was introduced to the life of prostitution. I had two children, whose father I will never know. I never got to see them because of working at night and sleeping during the day.// But now, the change and opportunity I’ve experienced through a “real” job gives me a joy that cannot be expressed. I am confident now, and my children are the...

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