Ethiopia


Ethiopian jewellery collection

This cooperative was started in association with a Christian NGO working to empower communities through religious and spiritual guidance. This project found its meaning through the encounter of many women living with HIV/AIDS ostracized from their community. Most were found on the sacred spiritual Entoto mountain – where they were sent hoping the chain of mountains would have a miraculous effect on their disease. Far from the city, looked down on by society, these women had barely enough to survive. Many refused to resort to begging out of pride, however they were found trying to sell little handmade objects near churches to get by. The strength and determination of these women are what inspired this program, which teaches them useful skills and allows each to earn a fair income. The cooperative works on the principle that handing out monetary and material aids is not as helpful as creating a supportive work environment where these proud women can earn an income. 


 


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