The Woman Changemakers in Ethiopia

In 2006, the United Nations named Ethiopia the worst country in the world for violence against women. Bride kidnapping is the most common form of marriage here. soHza sisters is working with Raven + Lily to plant seeds of change in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. The artisans who made the exquisite  leather bags in this collection now have access to fair-trade wages, safe jobs, sustainable income, health care, education, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty. Your purchase truly has an impact. These sophisticated, versatile handbags are indeed beautiful. They also contain power and hope that reaches across an ocean.

Meet Ruth

“Since joining this team,
I am finding so much joy.
Always smiling, always joking,
always happy!”


I spent a year doing vocational training as a seamstress, and that is how I heard about the leather program. Now I have been working with Raven + Lily’s leather partnership for four years and have learned so much. It has taught me a lot about patience! It has also given me the dream of opening my own business one day. When I see the pieces finished, it makes me happy. I like the work and I like coming to work. I have gained sisters through working with these women, and when I come to the workshop it feels like coming home.



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