Africa's most successful women: Bethlehem Alemu
Bethlehem founded soleRebels in 2004 with just $10,000 to bring sustainable jobs to Zenabwork, a small village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and an economy in dire need of a pick-me-up. soleRebels sells fair-trade, locally-produced footwear that pairs ancient Ethiopian culture with modern, western design. All shoes are hand-crafted by Bethlehem’s staff of 100 people using Ethiopian craft practices like hand-spun organic cotton and are sold in 55 countries, bringing revenues of over $1 million into the West African nation. But the company’s founder has high goals for expansion: she anticipates 2016 sales to top $20 million.
Dr. Eleni Gabremadhin, the woman who successfully launched Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) and changed many lives
Ms. Eleni Gabre-Madhin serves as Chief Executive Officer of eleni LLC. Ms. Gabre-Madhin is an internationally recognized thought leader on commodity exchanges and rural development in Africa. She was Founder of Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and served as its Chief Executive Officer 2008 to 2012. and developed a new model of commodity exchanges suited to frontier economies, with a holistic and small-actor oriented approach and public-private engagement. She took the exchange from its project phase to annual trading of US $1. 2 billion in three years, with doubling of the farmers share of the final price, impacting 15 million coffee and sesame producers in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia super model Liya Kebede in Forbes Top 15 richest models
Super Model Liya Kebde is among the World's Top Earning Models according to a report published by Forbes magazine. In 2006, the Ethiopian knock out earned $2.5 million making her among the top 15 richest Models in the world. She is the second Ethiopian ever to be listed in Forbes's Richest list.
Ok my friends, you might ask why in the world I list these wonderful Ethiopian women? First and foremost, we need to appreciate their accomplishments, not only because they are Ethiopian but because of the impact they have made around the Globe. Second, we need to shout out these kind of stories to our sisters, girlfriends, wives, cousins, nieces, loved ones etc so that they know that women's power is changing Africa and who knows they are the ones that will make the big impact to our country, Ethiopia, going forward!