Photo of an Ethiopian deaf woman entrepreneur using a sewing machine.

Deaf women, and women with disabilities, usually want employment in a job. In other words, they want to use their labor to earn money. Some find jobs with employers who recognize their skills and knowledge. Meanwhile, others create their own jobs by first creating their own business. The International Labour Organization shares the stories of five Ethiopian deaf women entrepreneurs. All are based in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The same publication also shares stories of women entrepreneurs with other disabilities. Furthermore, it highlights entrepreneurs who are mothers of children with learning disabilities. 

The International Labour Organization published these case studies in 2003. This PDF file has accessibility barriers for people who use screen reading software. For example, images do not have descriptions for people who cannot see.

Also read the stories of two more Ethiopian deaf women entrepreneurs. Or read the story of a deaf woman entrepreneur in Zambia.

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