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Meseret

Meseret

I have one older sister and one older brother. My dad passed away when I was a child. I started the prostitution work because I was worried about my family and wanted to support my mother. At the age of 15, I ran away from my family and worked in the prostitution business. I worked for 13 years on the streets. Over all these years I’ve seen a lot of challenges in my life, and I have been hurt so many times by many people. // I am so glad to join the team at FashionABLE. I have so much...

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Meselu

Meselu

My husband and I got in bad disagreements. When I was 25, I left and took my son and started sleeping outside a church’s door. I met this woman who had a prostitute business, and she offered me money and a house to rent. This is how it began… // My neighbors said there was a company who helps women with situations like mine. Now I work here making scarves. My job has taught me how to love, have self-respect, and it has been a positive change in my life.

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Mehari

Mehari

I am a single mother to 2 kids: a 17 year old girl and an 11 year old boy. I’ve been working in the coloring department for 8 years at Trio Craft. Before this job, I did not have a sustainable income and couldn’t provide for my family. //  This job has changed my life, and Trio Craft is more like a family than an employer. My boy has special needs, and it is because of this job that I am able to support both him and my daughter, and send them to school.

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Mamuye

Mamuye

I am 24 years old, and I support my husband. I’ve been working at Modern Zege for 4 1/2 years, since I graduated from the Leather Industry Dev’t Indstitute. I have loved being trained and upgraded in my knowledge of stitching. I am working on increasing my productivity, with the goal of getting promoted to the position of quality control.

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Kalkidan

Kalkidan

When I was 13 I was orphaned as my mother and father passed away.  I was able to move in with my aunt and uncle however I found it very challenging living with them as they did not treat me well. //  Now I am 22 years old and work as a stitcher and samples maker. After getting training from the Ethiopian leather institution, I was able to find a job at Modern Zege.  I love to design and hope to continue my education and one day become a designer in the leather industry in Ethiopia.

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