Preserving Traditions, Ethiopia, through the generous support of USAID, brought together Sammy Handmade and Eileen Fisher Inc. in a project that highlighted the age old Ethiopian tradition of hand-loom weaving. Sammy creates contemporary textiles, including scarves, using hand weaving, embroidery, and dying techniques. Eileen Fisher Inc. consumers were able to experience the beauty of this Ethiopian tradition and product through sales in its retail and on-line stores.
This is the first business relationship Eileen Fisher Inc. has established in East Africa. Through this project Sammy employees were able to work more hours including overtime, gained self-confidence and an increased ability to provide for their families. Sammy was also able to create additional employment opportunities in the community and many of these employees were hired permanently.