Axumite Sisters’ Made in Ethiopia Brand Enters Addis Market



Elsa Hadera, 31, is known in her family as being obsessively meticulous in her selection of bags and shoes. She has always yearned for those products that she finds nothing to dislike in. “She was the taste and s...


Horns March to Addis, as Holiday Approaches


The final run up to Ethiopian Easter, the festivity that comes after the unique fifty-five days of lent, has witnessed huge crowds of cattle traders from all directions - Gondar, Jeru, North Shewa zone, Harar. Nobody see...


Sweet Honey Faces Sour Demand


The country’s predominant Orthodox Church will soon break the Lent season, with people once again permitted to eat and drink, including meat, dairy products and alcohol. The end of this fasting period and the following...


Banks’ High Cost of Making Money


Last fiscal year, shareholders of newer banks went home happier than shareholders who have been receiving dividends for longer. The money earned by each private bank, measured in earnings per share, and the amount of...


Reeling It In: Cinemas Clamour for Their Stake in the Industry


Twenty three year old Rahel Kasahun is sitting on a bar stool, flipping through her phone with one hand and holding a mug half-full of draught beer in the other. Sitting across the room from the doors to Agona Serawit Ci...


STREET VENDOR TALES OF PROFIT, LAWLESSNESS


His street-honed trading skills are out in full force. He entices an elderly woman strolling on the busy streets of Arat Kilo into buying one of his cell phone covers, claiming it is exactly the quality she would get in...


Addis Wakes Up to the Business Smell of Coffee


Coffee plays a central role in Ethiopia’s historical, traditional, and social structures; but saying coffee is loved does not do it justice. One cannot wander the streets of Addis Abeba in the early hours of the mor...


Valentine’s Day: A Pricey Love Affair


For flower farmers, getting ready for Valentine's Day, requires planning ahead. Depending on the weather, preparation needs to start up to two months ahead of time. “The past two weeks were a little chilly,” said...


Car Wash Business Saves Youth from Street Life


Three hopeful and inspired boys in Dereje & his Friends Car Wash, all wearing sandals, are engaged in cleaning a couple of cars in the morning. One is mixing Omo detergent with water; the others are brushing and addi...


Graveyard to the Doha Development Round?


The 10th ministerial summit by member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, has something to show off, unlike many such summits that end in collapse. When concluded a day...


Cultural Institutions Give Way to Funeral Business


A black van stops in front of Bet-El Funeral Arrangement on Churchill Road on the afternoon of December 20, 2015, and eight unformed young men, between late teens and early 20s, jump out and proceed into Bet-El, one of 1...


Holiday Bazaars Off to Slow Start


Arat Kilo, like a few other places in Addis, is hosting a bazaar by the Micro & Small Enterprise community. Enterprises that produce leather and cotton products, traditional clothing - some with a modern twist, furni...


M–Birr for Easy Access to Banking Services


Tesfaye Chalkisa, a farmer in Guto Gida Wereda in  Welega, Oromia, is a client of M-Birr and enjoying it. He no longer has to make the 50km journey to the banks in the wereda town every time he wants to make payments...


There’s Business in Helping Mother Nature


Food supplements are making millions for importers and retailers as increasing numbers of users turn to them both for their health benefits and body building purposes. For Mitiku Negatu, who moved from the US engage in t...


Child Vendors’ Survival on the City Streets


With Christmas approaching, the mind of the young vendor that Fortune met around Stadium was preoccupied with the possibility of making more money than usual by working longer hours. Just seven, his eyes twinkled with...


‘Tis the Season for Christmas Shopping


Ethiopians do not hang socks for a fictitious jolly bearded man called Santa Claus to secretly put gifts for the children. They do not send letters to the North Pole for Santa to prepare their gifts ahead of time. They d...


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