ENTOTO Beth artisan is an Ethiopian social business restoring the lives of women and families on mount Entoto who have been affected by HIV/Aids through fair wage employment, medical consultations, and greater skill training.
My name is Bethlehem Berhane, the owner and general manager of Entoto Beth Artisan. I came to visit the jewelry program started by Beza Entoto Outreach in 2008 and from there learned about the Mount Entoto community. I have always been a business woman and after seeing this program I promised God that I would one day coordinate and create jobs for at risk women in Ethiopia.
As the years went on I continued to see much poverty in my community and realizing I could not just sit back and wait for the government to change policies I began seeking opportunities to use my God-given talent and passion for things greater than myself.
As Beza Entoto Outreach continued to grow and sought to change its NGO status, I acquired the program in 2012 and established it as a business model under the name Entoto Beth Artisan. Since that time the program has grown to 128 women, with the goal of offering employment to all female residents who still live on Mount Entoto. We have also began to expand our skills into leather working. always been a business woman and after seeing this program I promised God that I would one day coordinate and create jobs for at risk women in Ethiopia.
My dream is to not just impact the women on Mount Entoto, but for each of those women to in turn create opportunities like this to empower others in their lives who are less fortunate. I pray that each of them may become a solution for others. I hope that through each individual we employ this idea will multiply and grow big enough to change our whole country. This business is not just about profit. Entoto Beth Artisan is not for me, it is for the benefit of the nation, and for this generation.
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Our team who changes a dream to product
Our team composed of the 120 production team women, 15 leather production team and the 40 staff being led by the owners and the general manager, has accomplished the aim of reaching and satisfying the whole world by the products they produce. We have a bigger dream of adding and empowering more women living with HIV and starting production of our products in much wider and deeper way!!