Haimanot designs and handcrafts beautiful jewelry from her tiny shop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Gemini Project, which supports twins born in Ethiopia (a high-mortality phenomenon), helped train Haimanot and her twin sister Tigist in the art of jewelry-making, which the girls took to new heights with their incredible design skills. Soon they had crafted their own jewelry line and began selling out of a shop in Ethiopia's capital. Her sister Tigist is currently in Germany receiving more design training. With time and fresh designs, their company will inevitably expand.
Yeshi is the mother of two (one of which is a newborn!), and she has worked for the last 10 years with Karama's Ethiopian textiles partner as a finisher responsible for quality control. Her favorite part of the job is packing the perfect product. With her current income, she is able to provide for her family, save for her children's education, and plan for her own future. She has made an even greater commitment to providing for her family since becoming pregnant with her second child, and she wants to go to school to finish her own education once the baby older. Yeshi is dedicated to preparing a bright future for her children by being an example of hard work and self-improvement.
Industrious and passionate about her job, Rute has worked for one of Karama's Ethiopian leather partners for a few years as a tailor and pattern designer. Rute has a 12-year old son, of whom she is the sole provider since being widowed. With her income, she is able to make a life for herself and her son and send him to school. Someday, she wants to own a textile business, proving that challenge and hardship can't diminish her dreams.
When Andient moved to Addis with her husband and daughter to find work, they were tested for HIV and the results were positive. Her husband died shortly after, and Andinet moved to the Entoto Beth HIV community and found work with an organization that makes jewelry. Since then, she has worked with other HIV+ artisans, where she can thrive without stigma and shame. Andinet loves her work and her community. She is the sole provider for her daughter and has dreams of owning a home someday.