“I began this group with the desire to create sustainable employment for artisans in Ethiopia, by making beautiful, high quality products that we could sell globally.”
  • Artisans // 85 [in house], 100 [from home] 
  • Year Founded // 2006

Ethiopian Weavers of Addis Ababa

In the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, a talented group of spinners and weavers hand loom exquisite natural fiber textiles. Employing a longstanding and rich traditional art form, our artisan partners spin and weave 100% locally grown environmentally friendly high quality fibers. The pieces are then washed and accented with AZO free dyes.

Each artisan who joins the group is ensured that her or his craft will supports the health, education, and economic stability of their families. Through personal guidance, they are trained/educated in their craft and empowered to succeed in all platforms. The artisan group is even making innovative steps to ensure that each one of their processes is environmentally friendly through staff training, water recycling systems, biogas, and solar heating for water and composting!

Yeshiwa has been working for Sabahar for 12 years. She is now Fringing Supervisor. Yeshiwa went to school until grade 8 but then dropped out. Yeshiwa is a single mother. She has three children; an 11 year old, 9 year old and 5 year old.

“When I joined Sabahar, there were only 10 people in the company. I did not have a specific job. All of us did everything. I worked making bobbins for the weavers, I washed the fabrics and things like that. When the company grew, I specialized and started working in the finishing department.

Our General Manager treat us all like equals. I have an unspeakable life. My friends are still struggling in the terrible situation of living on the street. I, on the other hand, am being treated with respect. It is not even about the salary. People talk to me as a person. My children are happy because I am not complaining so much. I am happy with my work. I can provide more for my family. I am more confident!

Before, I couldn’t even afford life. Now things are so different. I am teaching my kids as best I can. I am teaching them not to give up. It is hard to be a single mom. It is challenging because I have to work at home, I have many social obligations, I have to take care of my children and also work. It is challenging to do it all. If one man can work this hard, I can do it too! I want to teach my kids not to give up. My advice to women everywhere? NEVER GIVE UP!”