lemlem foundation

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“I believe women are Africa’s greatest resource. They deserve better opportunities. And we’re
  passionate about helping to offer this through our health and empowerment efforts”

- Liya Kebede, Founder

Our pillars

We partner with leading African non-profit organization, Amref Health Africa, supporting midwife training and health outreach services in communities where lemlem is produced.

Amref Health Africa is working to reduce maternal deaths by 25% in six countries by training 15,000 new midwives as part of its ‘Stand Up for African Mothers’ campaign.

Visit www.amrefusa.org to learn more.

We work with social enterprises to design and support training initiatives that help women artisans in Ethiopia and Kenya build skills and prepare for jobs in Africa’s growing textile and fashion industries.

In Ethiopia, our first Artisan Training Initiative workshop -  launched in partnership with Muya Ethiopia this Spring and generously funded by Swarovski Foundation - is training women weavers in artisanal techniques, leadership and life skills, and placing them in jobs.