Creating jobs for craftsmen in Ethiopia

December 6th, 2008 | by addis portal |

Taytu’s handwoven handbags

Taytu – a name derived from a determined Ethiopian empress – is an enterprise made up of several producers engaging in the manufacture of leather and handwoven textiles in the city and the surroundings of Addis Ababa. Together, these producers have succeeded in creating their first luxury label in Ethiopia – one of the countries most affected by poverty.

A variety of high class department stores around the globe has been among Taytu’s potential customers. The business started five years ago and ever since its establishment, it has enjoyed considerable support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Last year, Taytu set up a small store in Addis Ababa where clients can choose from a large selection of handbags and scarves which are displayed on old coffee-grinding tables. Within the context of expanding its business in the future, Taytu intends to strengthen the self sufficiency of small companies through the improvement of its technical know-how and the enhancement of its business skills.

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