When I was a child, my family moved to Mogadishu, Somalia where my dad worked with USAID until the coup that brought down the country. It was here that I came to love East Africa and I returned many times. After my son was born, I decided to adopt my daughter from Ethiopia. That was 12 years ago and many trips to Ethiopia later, Ethio Sky was born.
Ethio Sky was founded as a way to assist female artisans in Ethiopia to earn an income from their art. I pay tribeswomen in Omo Valley, Ethiopia to create patterns that are then used on textiles. Each time I use a new design I also pay a licensing fee. I also work with female artisans in Addis Ababa who are skilled at making bags and purses. They are women who are considered "at risk" due to factors such as being HIV+ or previously having lived on the street prior to becoming trained and employed.
I'm proud to say that Gaymo, one of the tribeswomen I work with, has made enough money to buy a cow. She named it Lori.
Thanks for visiting and shopping Ethio Sky.
Founder, Ethio Sky