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Upcycled jewellery, Ethiopia

In the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, farmers supply bead makers with artillery shells (from former war conflicts) that are found on their lands.

Through traditional techniques passed down for generations, the village artisans melt these shells down to produce handmade, delicate beads. The beads go through several stages to achieve the final polished look, and then they are sent to Entoto Mountain where a project employs women from the area.

The goal is to provide employment for all women in that area of Entoto. These women skillfully create beautiful jewellery in a loving, community environment. What was once intended for harm now brings hope and life. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia orders enough stock to keep at least 5 women in full-time employment at all times in the company with more than 120 production team women and 40 staff being led by the owners.