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Meet the Women

Meet Helen from Ethiopia!

Helen works with our partner FashionABLE through Ellilta Products

I was born in Addis Ababa and my family moved to Nazarette in Ethiopia when I was 5 years old. My father was a driver and my mom didn’t work…. we were a middle class family. I went to a public school to finish high school, and after that I took training class in sewing.  I used to live with my brother and I was dependent on him for everything. So I applied for a job to make scarves and Ellilta products gave me a chance. // Now I am able to  be independent and have since moved out from my brothers home and live on my own.  Because of Ellilta I am able to see many lives get change for the better.

Shop scarves handmae by Helen!

Meet Akello Josephine from Uganda!

Akello Josephine

Akello Josephine works with our partner Krochet Kids

Due to serious health complications, Josephine could not walk for six years and was forced to drop out of school. During the war in Northern Uganda, she witnessed two of her brothers-in-laws being abducted by the rebel army. Occasionally during the war, she had to sleep in hideouts due to the fear she had of being abducted herself. After becoming a beneficiary of KK Uganda, she has fewer worries and is now saving to buy a plot of land.

DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE
“I plan to save as much money as possible and build a house where I can settle with my family.”

LOVE DEFINED
“Love is showing genuine concern for someone without being forced.”

MESSAGE TO KK intl.
“I am very grateful for the support and love that has been provided to me despite the fact that I am uneducated. I am treated with respect in the workplace.”

Shop hats handmade made by Akello Josephine!

Meet Adissalem from Ethiopia!

Adissalem works with our partner Raven + Lily

Adissalem-Ethiopia Jewelry Artisan

13 years ago I found out that I was HIV positive. I heard the Entoto Mountain had holy water that could heal you, so I decided to move there 6 years ago to dip in the holy water. One day while begging I saw people from the Entoto Project walk by, so I asked them what they were doing and told them I wanted to finish my education. They told me about the jewelry training program for women on the Entoto Mountain, and they invited me to join. My goal is to help save money so my husband can start his own business and also earn income. I see so many improvements in my life now.

2011 Update: Adissalem and her husband have moved from Entoto Mountain into the city. This was made possible from the money she has earned and saved in the jewelry making program. They have re-integrated into society, free from the fear of stigma because of their disease. Your purchase has made empowering women and their families a reality in Adissalam’s life. Thank you for your support.

Shope jewelry handmade by Adissalem!

Adissalem-Ethiopia Jewelry Artisan