Ethiopian Business Review

Fifteen years ago, when her husband died after suffering for a long time, what distressed Nardos Debebe was how to raise her two children without a father. But, soon, the rumour of her husband’s death from AIDS-related complications erupted. This was followed by stigma and discrimination, adding to the pain and agony she had already been enduring. She then hid away from families and friends into a monastery around the Entoto Hills north of Addis Ababa. She stayed there for years, leaving her children with family members, and choosing to live in solitude.

Monday, 16 June 2014 06:00
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For generations, young Ethiopians have engaged in the shoe shining business to earn pocket money and support their family. However, recently more shoe shiners are selling consumer items such as tissues, biscuits and mobile cards parallel to their shoe shining operations in order to survive and earn enough to save and change business.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:00
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One of the biggest moments in a person’s life is their wedding day and in Ethiopia it is a major cultural event. Newly wedded couples, parents and friends celebrate it with big festivities including much food, drink and dancing. But appearance is becoming much of a concern and it costs too much. Meseret Mamo, EBR’s Associate Editor, writes that the expense of this huge milestone is becoming an issue especially in Addis Ababa.   

Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:00
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