Deaf women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia are solving two problems with one business. One challenge is that many deaf women experience barriers to employment. The other is that there is too much plastic waste in the country. Meanwhile, humble paper bags, and the business producing them, have come to the rescue. Today, the Teki Paper Bags business employs 27 staff, including 17 Deaf women. The woman who founded the business, Mimi Legesse, is herself a Deaf woman. They also solve the plastic waste problem with paper bags. In other words, they sell the bags to restaurants, hotels, and shops. Thus, their clients can use paper instead of plastic bags. Teki’s paper bags have replaced more than 800 thousand plastic bags.
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