​Our Journey Through Ethiopian Social Enterprises

Fair Anita operates as a social enterprise, which is, put simply, a business with a mission. It’s not a non-profit, in that it doesn’t rely on donors or financial support outside of its own business. However, it is unique from normal companies as it is driven by the goal of maximizing its social impact to improve the well being of people while operating a self sustaining for-profit business.…

Ethiopia: A Week's Visit in Pictures

During my time in Ethiopia I photographed everything I could. Primarily pointing my lens out of our moving taxi, I tried to capture candid moments of daily life. Addis was a vibrant city full of colorful city streets and equally as colorful people. After combing through thousands of pictures, here are some of my favorites.The man in yellow who accompanied us on our walk around the church on top o…

The Heart of Ethiopia: Reflections on a Visit with Artisans in Addis Ababa

Our team took a trip to Ethiopia in early June 2018 to visit our two artisan partners that make jewelry from recycled bullet casings. Our Operations Manager, Anna, reflects on this experience:In the middle of a hot, congested, dusty city that reeks of diesel fumes, we visited two beacons of hope. Women who wouldn’t typically have the option to earn income can now support their families. They make…

Artisan Country Profile: Ethiopia

 Since 2015, Fair Anita has been working with a women’s artisan cooperative located just outside the capital of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Best known for transforming bullet casings from war into beautiful beaded jewelry, these women strive not only to provide for themselves and their families, but also to break down cycles of poverty and patriarchy in their daily lives. It is impossible to und…