It’s time for a shout out. We’ve talked a lot about the small business entrepreneurs we have partnered with — the leather workers and jewelry makers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — and how they inspired our mission at Enat. We’d like to think we’re good at our job, but these guys take it to a whole other level.
So meet Daniel. Eliza stumbled upon his work at a bazaar and was immediately impressed by the quality of his workmanship and designs. She left with Daniel’s phone number safely tucked into her pocket and soon after organized a trip to meet him at his workshop in CMC, a southeastern suburb of Addis. As much as we love his eye for design, we’re also continually inspired by his bad ass business sense despite his young age (#professionalgoals).
Daniel is a local of Addis Ababa. He began his career at age 18 as a student at the Addis Ababa Leather and Leather Products Technology Institute (LLPTI) where he graduated with a degree in design. He then worked at another leather workshop to hone his skills before he quickly decided it was time to move on. That’s when he decided to start his very own business — with one, single machine in his home.
Two and a half years later Daniel has his own shop and employs three other people to help him design and make gorgeous leather goods. During Eliza’s first visit to his workshop she immediately asked him to do a simple tote, which has become our popular The Everyday Leather Tote. (If you ever see us around town you’ll find one of these beauties hanging off our shoulder!) We couldn’t be more excited to count him among our entrepreneurs!
Want to see Daniel’s leather tote? Head here to see all the photos and to buy one for yourself!