Entoto Beth Artisan is a guaranteed member of the World Fair Trade Organization established in 2012 as a jeweler manufacturing social business that has the main objectives of training as well as employing HIV+ women to restore their dignity to lead their livelihoods properly. EBA started its operation with 100 employees. To achieve its far-reaching objectives, it has expanded its line of business to more labor-intensive ones, Leather Goods and Garments and Hand-Woven “Shemma” Cloth productions with the jewelry manufacturing side by side. Due to the expansion of our projects to the aforementioned labor-intensive line of businesses, the company recently creates a permanent job opportunity for about 250 employees. Among them three fourth are women and about 150 women are HIV +. Moreover, to realize its objectives, EBA is having display corners and sales outlets in the Bole International Air Port named “Yabogered”, Hilton Hotel and Gallery in Addis Ababa. It is also under process to open an additional selling outlet in Sky Light International Hotel, Addis Ababa. Along with our manufacturing social businesses, EBA has been creating a sustainable market and indirect job opportunity for plenty of raw material and inputs suppliers in the countryside.
Basing our grand objectives of empowering, restoring and creating, we have been planning and working different projects outside Addis so that EBA can accommodate more employees especially women. The other side of our short term plan which is being operational to our sales professionals is the profit-sharing scheme of arrangement which has been developing the ownership feeling of our employees. Moreover our plan to bring and implement such a scheme for all EBA employees so that their lives can also be changed.
In general, EBA being established to share and solve some societal problems especially the double discrimination on women through training, empowering and employing in those operational labor-intensive manufacturing sites and the upcoming ones so that our intended objectives can be achieved and realized.