In Ethiopia, we partner with Artisan Businesses seeking to bring hope and dignified work to women emerging from vulnerable situations. Many of the women who craft our pieces are HIV+ or are beginning new lives after working in prostitution on the streets of Addis Ababa. Through fair and meaningful work, these women are overcoming stigma, pulling themselves out of poverty, and rediscovering their value and worth.
As they move through fields of coffee, wheat, and sorghum, Ethiopian farmers scan the ground for a very different harvest—artillery shells from former conflicts. Local craftsmen melt the shells down to create beautiful beads, then transport the beads to women in Addis Ababa who string them into beautiful accessories.