In Ethiopia, the high prevalence of disease and lack of access to quality healthcare leaves many women widowed. More than half cannot read or write, and most have limited job skills, which means a lifetime of hardship for the entire family. By providing skill training and employment opportunities, we are changing the trajectory for families in Debre Zeyit.
Through ingenuity, our Ethiopian Director was able to purchase a new metal loom from the market for $ 1,420 and reverse engineer it to create four more looms for just $ 240 each. We now have 9 looms and more than 20 widows are employed at the facility.
In Ethiopia, 80% of scarves are imported. By hand looming them, the women are able to provide a superior product for a more reasonable price. The scarves are worn in a variety of ways, but the most traditional style is to wear them as a head wrap.