Project Pencil Case (since 2009) is delighted to work in partnership with Social Enterprise Arakele plc (since 2014) – an Ethiopian registered Small Business Providing Vocational Training in Sewing and Pattern Design to  Ethiopian Women – helping to improve lives and create sustainable opportunities.

Targeted women who have received scholarship training through Arakele so far have included school girls who have failed 10th grade and 12th grade (also enabling them to attend night school so that they can retake their failed National exams), refugees from neighbouring countries including Somalia and Eritrea and women rescued from trafficking.

This year Arakele is proudly expanding to include production of School Uniforms and Pencil Cases. Providing a student through Project Pencil Case with a Uniform and Pencil Case will also provide funding for Arakele to offer ongoing scholarship tuition. Many students lack these basic essentials as their families are unable to afford them.

  • School Uniform (shirt and trousers/skirt plus waistcoat) for one student aged under 8:  25 UK pounds or 32 US dollars
  • School Uniform for student aged 8-17:  30 UK pounds or 39 US dollars  
  • Pencil Case for one student:  5 UK pounds or 7 US dollars

The Arakele Vocational Training Center is  fully equipped and staffed and has been rated as  a “Model Center of learning”  – providing professional training in sewing (traditional and modern) including pattern design and providing trainees with the necessary skills to produce a variety of items.

In addition to pencil cases and uniforms Arakele will start producing and selling Fashion accessory items such as these Habesha Hats: ( 10 UK pounds or 12 US dollars)


Arakele and Project Pencil Case are proud to support the local Ethiopian economy by sourcing all materials and machinery locally (when possible) as well as employing and empowering Ethiopians.

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