About Team Ethiopia!
The second cooperative in Ethiopia is equally as amazing. It partners with 35 women on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Formerly prostituted, these women now make more money creating fair trade jewelry than they did on the streets. This helps them be able to escape their former situations. They start with a year-long rehabilitation program, witch is paid for by the profits of the artisan cooperative through jewelry sales. The women receive stipends for housing, food, and education through the rehab program. They then spend the last 6 months of the year in skills training, where they get to pick between about 6 trades. One trade option is jewelry-making. Here they perfect their craft, and then afterwards, start working with the other women in the cooperative to make jewelry for our supplier! These artisans have the biggest hearts and brightest spirits -- every day in the workshop is spent laughing, and supporting one another. This cooperative also provides childcare for the women, as well as educational support for the women and their children. These Ethiopian artisans specialize in working with recycled bullet casings left over from the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea over a decade ago. These bullets have been stockpiled and crafted into beads you can see in our bracelets and necklaces from Ethiopia. We are blown away by Team Ethiopia’s ability to transform recycled bullet casings into beautiful and meaningful jewelry, and we are proud to share their story with you.
How our Suppliers support Team Ethiopia!
"Our suppliers" refers to the business that helps us by finding products from various fair trade groups around the world. They first make partnerships with the groups, in order to buy their products and then supply those product to stores like us.
This bracelet is made fair trade by women in Ethiopia and is absolutely Beautiful. It becomes even more beautiful when you learn the story to this bracelet. It is made from recycled bullet casings. The Team in Ethiopia is possibly the most inspiring we highly encourage reading more about this team and piece!
Addisalel (left) is from Addis Ababa. She went to school and sold tea after graduation. When she found out she had HIV, Addisalel prayed and fasted for a cure on Mount Entoto. She got connected to a workshop that trains women to make jewelry from recycled bullet casings. Addisalel is an efficient and focused worker. She quickly learned how to make bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with the tiny beads and moved to the finishing class for skilled artisans. Earrings are her favorite type of product because she can make many in a short period of time. Addisalel loves to read history books and the Bible and hopes to continue her education. Kademech (right) is the mother of five children. Her life was upturned when her husband passed away five years ago. Her in-laws paid for her to get tested for HIV and Kademech's results were positive for the disease. The family moved from a rural part of Ethiopia to the bustling city. Kademech started working with the artisan group making jewelry - the first time she worked outside of her home! She also works in the finishing class and loves to make necklaces because they are complicated and require concentration. Every day after work, she rushes home to spend time with her school-age kids. They make dinner together and Kademech helps them with their homework."I plan to help my kids and see them succeed. They rely on me and I pray for them every day."