In Ethiopia, like many other areas of the world, there is a prominent stigma around HIV. Many who test positive are isolated from their communities and make their way to Entoto, a mountain north of the country’s capital, where Ethiopian Orthodox priests offer holy water to heal the sick. While waiting to be cured by the water, they often turn to begging on the streets to survive.
The artisan group we partner with restores dignity and self-esteem to these HIV-positive women through employment opportunities. They transform local materials like recycled bullet casings and reused artillery shells into unique and beautiful jewelry.