Financing Women in the Missing Middles



Alemtsehay Baye is squinting, scrutinizing the finishing touches she has made on the tiny dress she just finished sewing in the early morning light streaming through the window. She, and five employees make baby clothes...


Self-Made Translators


Six years ago, Mulugeta Mitiku started translating documents for a living. He sheepishly remembers translating 'bar association' from English to Amharic as an association of drinking joints. Mulugeta now owns a registere...


Sesame Supply Rises, Market Falls


Standing in the hallways around the opulent Lalibella Ballroom at the Sheraton Addis, in smartly fitted navy suits, or fancy beige blazers, exporters of pulses, oilseeds, and spices are shaking hands, smiling, reacquaint...


How Hotels Earn Their Stars


A  new hotel opens in Ethiopia every two weeks, experts claim. This might sound like tourism development galloping along, but considering the rising number of tourists visiting the country, there is still a huge gap bet...


The Taxing Business of Raising Revenue


For Tiruwork Seyoum and her friends who work at the cafeteria of the eastern branch of the Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA), the last week of October and first week of November come with a deluge of cust...


Scandal in the Henhouse


It has been five months to the day since Ethiopia’s first National Poultry Training Centre was inaugurated. It has been two since it was closed. The 10 million Br undertaking was a product of the cooperation of Holl...


Ethiopia’s Contribution to Aviation Training in Africa


Ermias Bariagabr, 45, is busy fulfilling his biggest childhood dream – flying an aeroplane. While undergoing a high-risk medical procedure to remove a tumour from his neck, Ermias went through a life changing experienc...


Unlicensed Tutors Ignore Regulations, Make a Killing


Elsa Haile’s son, five, is already preparing for life’s competition that lies ahead. Elsa, an Information Technology graduate, started him in pre-KG in the new school year in September. She later copied a phone numbe...


Allocated Plots Idle with Rise in Demand for Urban Lands


The Bash Welde neighbourhood, found behind a tourist hotel on a side street adjacent to Adwa Street was as crowded as usual when Fortune paid a visit. The exception was the visible dominance of green and yellow corrugate...


Made in Ethiopia Not a Hit on the Road


It was six months ago that Nigma Agro Industry Plc, a local company, joined with Zaporiziha Automobile Building Plant (Zaz) to form Nigma Motors & Spare Parts Plc, a car assembling company with start-up capital of 57...


Beyond Charitable Deeds


Abrham Girma, 16, a ninth grader, lost his father when he was very young. With the passing of his father, life was very unkind to him and his mother. Though he has a strong desire to learn and in spite of his best effort...


Rail or Road, Commuters Are Still Waiting


Among the people sitting at the Anbessa Bus Station seats at Legahar, waiting for the number 67 bus to Kaliti was Bekele Ejeta, 38, a public servant. He had been waiting for 15 minutes, when Fortune met him. He had been...


Textbooks Printed Distributed, Users Still Suffer


Just when the first week of school coincided with the first week of the New Year, Gadissa Lemecha, a father of three, faced huge costs to meet the educational requirements of his children’s schooling. One of his bigges...


The Highest Price of Life on the Road


It has been one week since the Ethiopian New Year was celebrated. The holiday festivity and gatherings were warm in so many homes, until the sad news of the unfortunate death of Sebele Teferra, who played the famous char...


How Hotels Earn their Stars


In April 2015, eight experts in hotel rating arrived in Addis Abeba from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to rate 136 registered hotels in the city. The rating was based on the standard prepared in c...


Technology Limits Appeal of Seasonal Company Calendars


Hailmaryam Mehari, a public prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice, has seen numerous criminal cases, in each of which there have been multiple court adjournments. Some of the court appointments are easy for him to rememb...


Editorial

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn...


Agenda

Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction mach...


Fineline

The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


Commentary

With the rush to develop Ethiopia and make the country one among middle...


Viewpoint

A recent World Bank report entitled, “Why So Idle? Wages and Emp...


Opinion

The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth,...


View From Arada

When people travel to a new city or town, they might notice the transpo...


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