For one inclusive price – which includes a donation to support the work of Project Pencil Case and Arakele Fashion Design College (donation of uniforms and pencil cases to underprivileged students produced by Arakele students)
Abyssinian Artisan tours can provide you with an enlightening morning starting with an early collection from the Hilton car park (groups can be collected from their preferred collection point upon request) and stopping off en route to drink Ethiopian coffee.
Take a tour to discover off the beaten track social enterprise and NGO work shops for ethical shopping directly from source and monthly tours exploring off the beaten track neighbourhoods of Addis …. Ethiopian taxi drivers do not know where most of these places are located!
The Half Day Tour costs 500 ETB per person (approximately 845am – 1.30pm) for 1-3 people or 400 ETB for 4 and above
$18 or £15 or 15 Euros – Half Day
Tours (5-10 people) need to be prepaid in advance by PayPal or Credit Card.
Please Book your Preferred Date with an e-mail enquiry:
We visit off the beaten track fair trade and ethical workshops (try to include less known and promoted ones) to observe artisans (mainly women and disabled individuals) at work. We do not visit Shopping Malls! Shopping directly from source is a great way to support the city’s hard working less fortunate residents where you can make ethical purchases and observe artisans making beautiful and Fair Trade crafts.
Embroidered Cushion Covers, Table Linens, Jewelry, Leather wallets and bags, Fabric Ballet Flat shoes, Scarves and More
PROJECT PENCIL CASE supports Ethiopian students and schools with basic educational materials – unless donated, all items and materials are sourced and/or produced locally to help support the local economy.
Arabella and Mikele are also delighted to have received start up seed funding to devise and run (as General Managers) Social Enterprise Arakele Fashion Design College providing primarily underprivileged women with training in sewing and design – leading to a marketable skill and graduating with a Certificate or Diploma.
Arakele also provides scholarships to eligible girls who have failed 10th and 12th grades and sends them to night school so that they are able to retake their exams and continue with their formal education. With a certificate these women are also able to earn money while they continue with their schooling.