CAWEE Launches “Connecting 100 Traditional Weavers to the Export Market"The Center for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) celebrated the launch of its new COMPETE grant, “Connecting 100 traditional Weavers to the Export Market” on May 18th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The grant is jointly implemented by Sara Garment Designers and Manufacturer (SGDM), Muya Ethiopia, and CAWEE. The objective of the grant is to build on Ethiopia’s rich heritage of craft skills to enhance the capacity of 100 traditional weavers to produce products for an export market.
If traditional weavers meet the needs of an export market, CAWEE believes they can increase their trainees’ income by 75 percent. CAWEE also expects to see a rise in sales for implementing partner Muya Ethiopia. Muya Ethiopia and other export driven designer and manufacturing companies will benefit from the increase of trained weavers entering the market. “This would help the trainers to produce and supply their products to companies or supply their products to exporting companies either in groups or individually,” says Sara Abera, owner of SGDM and Muya Abyssinia Craft.
The CAWEE project site is in Alem Gena town, in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, a location where many weavers settle after traveling from the Southern Region of Ethiopia. The project is for nine months, April to December 2012. CAWEE hopes that their weaver training course will be the start of many training courses to offer traditional Ethiopian crafts people a way to access the export market.