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IMPACT / Our Why

"For me, working at Parker Clay is about showing the world the potential of high end leather goods being produced in Ethiopia. I am thankful to our Co-Founders for creating such a unique Made in Ethiopia brand that is changing people's perceptions of Ethiopia and Africa. Working at Parker Clay gives me a platform to contribute towards economic empowerment for my community.

I am the fifth of six children, and was given a safe home and education growing up in Ethiopia. I was encouraged to excel and aim high to pursue my dreams. It definitely shaped me in a dynamic way, and I am forever grateful for my mom and dad. There are so many young men and women in my home country who are not getting such an opportunity. What we are doing with Parker Clay is assisting a younger generation to unleash their potential and make a difference in their communities." - Selam, US Operations

"From the very beginning when I first determinedly reached out to Ian about helping out at Parker Clay, I was driven by wanting to be a part of a bigger vision, something beyond myself. I was highly interested in business at the time and even tried my hand at selling t-shirts, but I never felt the desire to do it for the money, there had to be something more to business than just making a quick buck. I thought about it long and hard, I tried to understand what kind of motive would make doing business not only worthwhile but intensely fulfilling and purposeful. I came to this conclusion: When a business is focused at its core on impacting people, it becomes a powerful tool for scalable change. It is by having this purpose of empowering people first that allows the economic leverage a business creates not only be a good thing, but vital to impacting people. This is why I do what I do at Parker Clay, we empower men and women in Ethiopia. Making high-quality leather products just happens to be the mechanism by which we aim to accomplish our mission. The value I bring to the company in our US warehouse is funneled not up but rather down directly to those who need it the most in Ethiopia." - Jeremy, Warehouse

"I always ask myself the question "What's your why?" For me, working at Parker Clay is about creating opportunity for amazing men and women as a means not only for a steady job and income, but a place where they know they are talented, valued and important. Having seen our factory and meeting some of our employees, I realized the importance of creating a holistic work place. The creation of Parker Clay products is not just about beautiful leather, but the amazing people who take that leather and turn it into the wonderful products we love! That's my why." - Shannon, Customer Experience

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