Today we're introducing you to one of our Addis entrepreneurs and role models, Haimanot.
You know her as the entrepreneur who makes the Gold Wrap Bracelet. She’s the star behind jewelry at Enat.
Haimanot is actually one half of a two part equation — Haimanot and her twin Tigist started their jewelry design and production company, T&G, when they were just 17. Through a program by Gemini Trust the sisters learned enough design and manufacturing knowledge to hit the ground running. Their success was slow but steady, eventually earning them the spot as mentors and teachers for a jewelry design course with the non-profit Trampled Rose, where they trained over 100 women in their craft.
Over the years T&G's jewelry designs have received increasing amounts of attention, both in their own country and abroad. Their first big break was T&G’s selection as a participant in international trade fairs in places like Burkina Faso, Mexico, Ghana, India, and Tanzania. Since then they have become role models for Ethiopia’s young women in business and were invited to speak to starry eyed entrepreneurs about best practices at Addis’s innovation hub, IceAddis. They were even interviewed for a documentary film called Made in Africa.
None of this surprises us. Our introduction started as a connection through mutual friends of Eliza and Haimanot and quickly turned into a strong business relationship.
Haimanot makes everything by hand in her little shop while her friends keep her company, drinking coffee and chatting. She’s always coming up with new new designs and products to add to her collection. And while she’s deliberate about everything she does, taking the time necessary to get it exactly right, she absolutely never stops — not even while she was pregnant earlier this year!
Eliza and Haimanot have spent plenty of afternoons together designing and trying out new jewelry ideas at T&G in southwest Addis Ababa. Enat is so lucky to work with her and we’re constantly inspired by her accomplishments. She has proven time and time again that age is nothing but a number.
Here’s to young, strong female entrepreneurs!