– Internationally Designed, Locally Made! is a online clothing and jewelry company providing an extra market for the farmers and weavers in Ethiopia. Founded by a young Ethiopia Designer, Hiwot Solomon, who’s eager to give back to to the poorest community in her home country.

We had the opportunity to email interview the Founder of, Hiwot Solomon who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your organization
My name is Hiwot Solomon and I am the founder of My background is in teaching, I have a Bachelors degree in Indian history and a certified physical Fitness (fitness coach). I currently reside in the Bay Area, California.
I am passionate and persistent to find unique solutions to end urban poverty and close the gap in girls education in Ethiopia and Africa
  1. How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital? 

Not much at all ????!  When I am on the ground in Ethiopia to visit my parents, I travel throughout the city and the countryside to buy handmade things from the farmers and weavers.  I am passionate about helping the local poorest people with so much love for advancement in life but no resources to sell their products.

  1. What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?

Materials and manufacturing costs due to economic growth. The unfit for human habitation, lack of water, etc …needs a holistic upgrade a village.

  1. Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?

Create multi-channel beautiful, luxurious Ethiopian and African textiles. Ethical change design to bring artisanal traditions to those for natural textile lovers.

  1. What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Africa?

Do it! Be you, But do your homework!!

  1. How is your business participating to the development of Africa?

Working towards creating solutions, branding and closing the gap in girls education !!


LinkedIn: Hiwot Solomon

Twitter: @hiwote_solomon

Amadou is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Public Speaker, and Promoter of African Entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa and Entrepreneurship, Amadou’s mission is to work with African Entrepreneurs to bring out their stories and support them. As the Host of Africans Building Africa Podcast, Amadou loves to chat with African Entrepreneurs to deliver informative and inspiring content to Africans who would like to start a business or invest in Africa.

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