We are dedicated to transforming communities in Ethiopia through social and economic empowerment.
We use two primary platforms to affect social change in Addis Ababa. Our Ethiopian non-profit partner, Ellilta - Women at Risk, and the Parker Clay Production Facility.
Our Partnership with Ellilta - Women at Risk
In the capital city of Addis Ababa, an estimated 150,000 women work in the commercial sex industry. Lacking opportunities with meaning and hope, women are lured into prostitution as a way of supporting themselves and their families. Having witnessed their cry to escape the sex industry, we partner with the non-profit Ellilta - Women at Risk to empower these women in Ethiopia to realize their potential.
Our relationship with Women at Risk began in 2011, and we continue to support them through donations, pro-bono consulting, and more. Women at Risk has been helping vulnerable women in Addis Ababa for over 20 years through rehabilitation, counseling, and skills training. In nearly two decades, over 90% of the women who complete this program in Ethiopia have stayed out of the commercial sex industry. Some of them go on to work at Ellilta Products, where we source our woven blankets. By purchasing from Parker Clay, you are joining the movement to support these communities in Ethiopia.
Our Production Facility
With over 100 million people, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa. Despite rapid economic growth in the past decade, a third of the population still lives below the poverty line. Official unemployment rates hover around 17%, but that figure is low when considering the number of people underemployed.
Providing premium jobs to skilled artisans at our production facility in Ethiopia is key to supporting community transformation. A job for our artisans means more than just a paycheck; it offers an avenue to support themselves and their families, representing social standing and economic stability - and a chance to invest in building a better life.