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Rescue workers dig through a pile of debris to look for victims inside Reppi Landfill. A week earlier, on March 11, a massive landslide ripped through the area, killing 125 people and destroying dozens of homes. This story, which recounts that tragic day, reported by Samson Berhane, Fortune Staff writer, after interviews with survivors, rescuers and friends and family of the victims.


Demand for Tyres Spikes as Number of Vehicles Climbs

Meseret Fekede, 26, retails tyres in her store located around Sebara Babur. She began selling tyres two weeks ago with a capital of around 150,000 Br. She receives her stock…


Local Growers Look for Love on V Day after a Tough Year

Valentine’s Day represents a time of huge demand on the international flower market. Flower farms in Ethiopia, which export most of their products o European countries have to push to fulfill their clients targets. However, in the aftermath of a cold snap that damaged some crops and lowered productivity, flower farms are having to push to try to fulfill demand. The increase in production and the rise in demand on the local market means that prices are rising for both the suppliers and consumers as FREHIWOT YOHANNES and MENNA ASRAT, FORTUNE STAFF WRITERS, report


Cashing In Through Online Tubes

  Anyone that uses the internet has watched a video online. Websites are popping up in the country showing videos that are entertaining and informing for viewers. It is a…


Heavy Fall in Ethiopia’s Light Industry

  The vision of Ethiopia is to see the country become the manufacturing hub of the continent especially in the manufacturing of textile, leather, agro-processing and other labor intensive industries…


Anxious Days as Ethiopia Pins Hope on Tourism

With two consecutive holidays of Epiphany and Christmas, cultural souvenir shop owners across Addis Abeba were hoping for a better market and get more revenues from tourists. However, the brunt of the political unrest is still reverberating and affecting the flow of visitors, with shopkeepers facing the brunt of the slow down, as DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports


Made in Ethiopia Shoes a Hit in Addis

As the number of local footwear manufacturers has grown from two factories in 1991 to 21 today, dramatic changes are being seen in the shoe business. Despite a surge in local demand, the industry has a long way to go to be competitive in the international market, reports, SAMSON BERHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.


Mobile Booksellers Keep Addis Reading

With the country’s literacy rate at 40pc, readership in Ethiopia is growing. More and more people are developing the habit of reading in their spare time or making time in there busy schedules to read. Reading books has become common for people in all walks of life. The public’s demand for books is being filled more and more by non-traditional sellers of books, as MAHLET WORKAYEHU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.


Addis Gets Groove Back

Concerts are big business in Addis Abeba. Usually, to ring in the New Year and to celebrate various holidays, event coordination companies organise concerts with rising and established music stars to entertain the public. However, with the unrest in late 2016 and the declaration of the state of emergency, concerts were cancelled, because of pressure from the public on social media and the artist’s own feelings about the disruptions. Now that a few months have passed, concerts and live events are starting to come back on the city scene, as DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.


Chefs in Demand, Food Biz Booms

The local culinary industry has come far. There was a time, when low-wages, fewer training facilities meant that chefs had to be trained on the job. Not anymore. Today, there are able facilities training the next generation of professional chefs in the country. Even as facilities open up and boutique-like restaurants and hotels venture into the country, the demand for trained chefs is rising, HAWAZ MERAWI, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.


Gift Markets on Slippery Slope

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, people are rushing around to buy the last minute things that they need to spend a nice holiday with their loved ones. In relatively recent times, this has meant the purchase of gifts to be exchanged with friends and family members. However, the changing face of the city’s commerce, with the increase of street vendors catering to almost any consumer’s needs, the way that shops are approaching the holiday is slowly changing, as MENNA ASRAT. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.


The Tricks and Trade of a Begger

Begging is not an easy way of life in Addis Abeba. Some are insulted, humiliated and worse, but at the end, the struggle is to survive. To feed oneself, a child or a family is the priority for most. Areas, techniques and vulnerability determines who makes the most money at the end of the night. But each one has a story, as FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, SAMUEL GETACHEW discovers.


Politician Guide to Voters’ Psyche

There is a popular saying. “People vote with their wallets.” This is based on estimates that, more than all other factors, like social issues, or even security, it is the…


Guest Houses Mushroom in Addis

Pensions and boarding houses are in a rush to upgrade and meet the standard of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to be officially named guesthouses. For a pension to be allowed to upgrade, it needs to have a minimum of five bedrooms, a guest room and a reception area. It also needs to have adequate bathroom and shower facilities, a kitchen, ample security and housekeepers within its premises, FORTUNE WRITER BEZAWIT ADMASU discovers.


Sculpture Art Gets Its Day In The Sun

While the profile of sculpture art is going up globally and in Ethiopia, there is still some reluctance on the part of ordinary consumers to turn to sculptures to fulfill their artistic needs. There are a wider range of choices for them in terms of material, design and cost, but although awareness is rising, there may not be quite as much change in the industry as some might like, BEZAWIT ADMASU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER reports. 


Expo Ushers in Holiday Season

With the festive season approaching, Addis becomes the sight of bazaars and expos all around town. Customers come to shop at the international and local vendors. There is a choice of places to go for customers, although some expos have better luck with customers than others. Customers are looking for their necessities at different prices than the shops outside. Their experiences can vary greatly from place to place as SAMSON BERHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.




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