Coffee Mats and Vocational Training

Check out the awesome embroidery these ladies did in their vocational training at Beza, our partner in Ethiopia!

Day one of vocational training on weaving

Day one of vocational training on weaving

Two program graduates from 2014 taught the class how to make traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony mats. These two teachers have been making money and supporting their families from selling of coffee mat business almost for the last two years.

Day two: serious progress

Day two: serious progress

Now the current women in the program are equipped with the same skills to support their families and run their own small businesses.

The finished coffee mats!

The finished coffee mats!

Entoto Women's Empowerment Program, run by Beza Community Development Association, is Tirzah's partner program in Ethiopia. This program focuses on women living with HIV/AIDS on Entoto mountain, investing in them by providing business training so these women can earn income for their families. Women and girls in the Entoto program have been exposed to various forms of gender-based violence and trafficking. Some of the women become employees of the Bethi Entoto jewelry company. Others are trained to start their own businesses or helped to find other job opportunities. Areas of training include tailoring, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, leatherwork, and printing. To support this program, click here and select Ethiopia from the drop down menu. 

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