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Deaf Women Entrepreneurs

For some Deaf women around the world, starting their own business has been an important solution. Meet Deaf women entrepreneurs from Zambia, South Africa, Gambia, and Ethiopia

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How many Deaf women do you know who have a decent job with a livable income? Some employers are happy to hire Deaf women and men. They know that Deaf workers are good workers. But some employers assume that Deaf people cannot work, or that women should focus on raising children. Thus, they refuse to hire any Deaf person or any woman.


For some Deaf women around the world, starting their own business has been an important solution. Being an entrepreneur means being your own boss and making your own decisions. It means you decide what kind of work to do and how much to charge for it. You accept some risks, but you also benefit when your business does well. Also, generating an income lets you feed and shelter yourself independently.


Here are examples of Deaf women entrepreneurs from Zambia, South Africa, Gambia, and Ethiopia:

Deaf restaurant in Gambia

Deaf restaurant in Gambia

One group of Deaf women solved their unemployment problem by creating a sign language restaurant in Gambia. Customers enjoy food–and…
Deaf women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia: Teki Bags

Deaf women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia: Teki Bags

Deaf women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia employ Deaf women at Teki Paper Bags. They also help restaurants and shops stop plastic…
Ethiopian Deaf Women Entrepreneurs: Five case studies in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Deaf Women Entrepreneurs: Five case studies in Addis Ababa

The International Labour Organization shares the stories of five Ethiopian deaf women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with other disabilities.
Deaf women becoming self employed: Economic Freedom in South Africa

Deaf women becoming self employed: Economic Freedom in South Africa

A project in South Africa empowers Deaf and hearing women to become self employed. It provides training in business management,…
Deaf woman entrepreneur: Susan in Zambia Phone Center

Deaf woman entrepreneur: Susan in Zambia Phone Center

Women with disabilities worldwide are using business to lift themselves out of poverty. One is Susan, a Deaf woman entrepreneur…

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