RENEW Strategies

IAN Introduction Yields New Bakers at Mama Fresh

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Emily Ziethen
| August 30, 2016


IAN member and advisory board chair David Grizzle recently introduced the RENEW team to Julie Baker over email. Julie was headed to Ethiopia, on one of her regular trips to the country as part of her work with Connect Education Innovators (ConnectEI). ConnectEI supports educational projects in partnership with several NGOs in Addis, including Hope for Korah - an organization that works to better the lives of those who live in local community called Korah. This community is located next to the city’s largest trash dump, Koshe. Korah is notorious for illness and extreme poverty, and many who live there scavenge the dump for a living.

Laura Davis, partner of RENEW, met with Julie Baker during her time in Addis and the two discussed educational programming and work opportunities for clients of the Ethiopian NGOs she works with in-country. Out of that conversation, staff from Hope for Korah brought several women to interview to be bakers at Mama Fresh. Five women are now busy baking injera, given meals during each shift, financially supporting their families, and enjoying many other benefits of full-time employment.

RENEW’s Laura Davis recently visited Mama Fresh’s manufacturing facility in Addis Ababa, and was introduce to the new bakers. Mama Fresh’s operations manager, Rajesh Dahiya, reports that the new employees are all doing very well.

We love this example of the positive impact that all members of the Impact Angel Network can have in frontier markets, such as Ethiopia.

And of course, a special thank you to David and Julie for making this success story possible! RENEW is so excited to make more of these happen in partnership with the IAN.