Sabahar creates sustainable work opportunities in Ethiopia with a focus on women. All products are made by hand: from spinning cotton and silk, to weaving, dying, and finishing products. Sabahar encourages high-quality traditional skills as a means to increase reliable income.
Sabahar has been striving, since its creation, to merge the positive development impact of the employment and skill transfer with the regeneration of a whole industry. The silk industry in Ethiopia was once a traditional, vibrant industry, which had all but disappeared before Sabahar began sourcing, growing, weaving, and finishing silk products.
Despite working in the 10th poorest country (World Bank) in the world, Sabahar seeks to produce high-quality, luxury products, whilst prioritising the use and development of long lasting, continuous skill transfer to all of its staff. 40% of women in Ethiopia aged between 16 and 25 are unemployed in Ethiopia. Despite numerous charities and NGOs working in the country over 30% of all women still lack access to employment and skills.