Hard Working Woman

Lily Habesha
Posted July 27, 2018 from Ethiopia
Let us be there for each child
We can help at least one child to send her/him to school
Village children
Village children: They have no access to any digital tools or skills, we need to reach them. (1/3)

I’m a proud Ethiopian. I come from a family of seven girls and three boys. My father was a self-taught lawyer, and my mother, who lost her mother when she was only thirteen, quit school and married my father. She was not happy about it, though, because she had a job, but my father stopped her from doing it. She had a lot of land with trees, but she was forbidden from doing anything with it. Her health wasn’t good, but she still taught eight of us. I went on to be the best student in the elementary school, but, unfortunately, I had little time to study since all of us girls had to do the household chores. And, at night we had to watch over each other because there was a family member who tried to rape us.

 

I learned from a very early age that all female children were taught to help with all the domestic chores: cooking, washing, cleaning the house, fetching water, helping in the farm, collecting wood for fuel, and anything else that needed to be done around the house. I didn’t realize that I and other girls were amazingly wonderful, then. No one had told us that. I hadn’t discovered my God given talents, yet, but I saw the fire in my heart, despite many brothers telling me and other girls, “You are the weakest creature in the world. You can’t contribute anything useful to your community. All you can do is to find a husband and give him a child or children.” I learned all that, by myself. I self taught myself dressmaking, home decor, jewelry, leather bag making, sales expertise, professional writing, teaching, poetry, painting, motivational speaking, and advising.

 

I want to see all girls go to school, and parents giving their children equal education. You see, I encourage and empower girls and women to be who they want to be now. I believe that when you prepare yourself to make an impact in your life, or in the community, you must prepare yourself first. Then, new opportunities suddenly appear from unexpected places… you see new friends who are walking the same path with you. Once you take a leap of faith to turn your life around and face life from a different perspective, all will be changed.

 

Before I established my own small workshop to produce leather products, I was hired by two private limited companies. I was eager to learn office management, teamwork, creating a good working environments, how to tackle problems, solving conflicts between employees, how to promote workers, customer care services, and anything else that would help me to create my own business. Even though the conditions at these two business was less than savory, I learned so much that I am able to utilize now in my business and elsewhere, such as how to be a great and empowering manager, great teamwork, conflict resolution, promoting employees appropriately, and giving equal opportunities and pay to both female and male workers (ensuring the paperwork is filled out properly for all employees so they are paid in a timely manner).

 

With my own, current business, I have trained seven women to make my handmade, leather bags. I personally price each bag, cut and pack the pieces, and then finish them off. Any girl or women who made a lot of bags, gets paid more. The eighth woman, who was my youngest sister, was the slowest, and she earned the least pay. Last year, I started designing recycled, plastic bags, too, because I’m also very passionate about sustainability. I always use pieces of recycled leather as straps for the knitted and crocheted bags, and never throw away any pieces of leather, knowing that they can be reutilized from something else, such as leather beads, bands, necklaces, and paintings. I was even able to help Fistula survivors at Hamlin Rehab recently by paying them for forty purses they had knitted.

 

I believe we should encourage workers who attract more customers, promote workers who are committed to bring positive change to the company, give credit and recognition to the workers with new and effective marketing strategies, and work with them closely to improve our businesses and reach new goals. I also think that If people work in same office and similar position, that they should be paid equally. Age, sex, relationship, and friendship shouldn’t be included when we promote or hire employees, and, furthermore, we shouldn’t have any reason to discriminate employees since this de-motivates employees.

 

I see strength around women in all managerial areas. They can sense and see dangerous situations well before others and know how to tackle these challenges wisely. They are good in peace making, negotiation, and creating warm working environments. They also encourage and motivate their teams to keep them running smoothly. Working with female managers is like this. Women can share problems, dream bigger, advice you on how to achieve more, and show you the way. Generally, they know how to make a strong bond with people around them, regardless of age or gender issues. And, even though you can work at the same company, female friendships can still exist. I think that when women are more prevalent in industries and companies in the future, a lot of people will benefit by having better job offers, less or no sexual harassment around the office, and a better working environment.

 

In addition, there are a few projects that I’m working on that are dear to my heart. One is Environment First which I am a co-founder. The Peace and Green Initiative for Africa (PGIA) is currently focused on a building at CMC compound that has more than 500 apartments, as well as running the “Walk and Pick” project, lead by the founder, Gash Tamiru. Every morning Gash carries a big plastic bag and gathers plastic bottles, bottle tops, and any plastic materials while he’s jogging. The children and teenagers are following his example to create a green and peaceful environment at the CMC. Also, PGIA made seed balls three times recently, as well as planted several trees in the same area. Gash Tamiru lives in this compound and creates great awareness around removing plastics, keeping the area clean, and making the playground clean and green, too.

 

Because I’m so passionate about children’s welfare, too, I intend to take over the management of an orphanage (that also empowered women and elderly people) which has served for more than twenty years, but is about to close down due to funding. I want to take over this business and continue to empower the village girls, women with fistula conditions, and train them and the less fortunate youth around the city to have better digital skills.

 

I am willing to share with any woman my knowledge and skills today. I plan to locate networks of donors, loaners, and supporters online and share my business plan to them. Down the road, I also want to open a training center to train women in different skills, such as digital and craftsmanship of various products so that I can help them to live their dreams and become financially independent. Also, there are a lot of young women in my area who want to go to college but have nobody to pay the school fee. I want those girls to be sent to higher education and live their dreams.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Peace-and-Green-Initiative-for-Africa-116078115...

 

https://www.facebook.com/Seedbomb-Ethiopia-207447076420101/

 

 

 

 

Voices of Women Worldwide Ethiopia/ FB

 peace and green initiative for Africa/FB

 climate change Africa and seed ball Ethiopia

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jlanghus
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Hi Lily,

Your story and work are so amazing. I'm so glad for all the work you do for all the initiatives that you are so passionate and dedicated to. Best wishes for continued success...

Lily Habesha
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Hello Jill,
You had been walking with me all places where I've been volunteering....
Is there any story you missed to read about our activities? I don't thing so. You're always here to encourage, to comment, to edit...this WP sisterhood and love, is so great, and i saw it in you.

Thank you,

Lily

jlanghus
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Hi Lily love,

Ha:) I'm glad I've been able to be there for you.

Thank you for the lovely compliment... I appreciate it:-)

You're very welcome!

Hope you have a great day, and many more!!!

Lily Habesha
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 11, 2018

Jill my dear,
I don't have a word to describe you. I'm more than glad to know you and to see people who can be there for someone.
Today I'm gonna post" WP sisters, receive my gratitude.
Thank you so much.

With love,
Lily

jlanghus
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 11, 2018

Hi Lily,

Aw:) You're so sweet. It looks like you got some great feedback below on your story!!! You're "gratitude" story was awesome, too:)

You're welcome:)

Hope you're having a great day!

Stephanie Mah
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hi Lily,
Thanks for sharing your amazing work. More grace.

Lily Habesha
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Stephanie dear,
Thank you for reading my story and for your comment.
More grace to you to.

Lily

Stephanie Mah
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Amen

Tarke Edith
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Hello Lily
thanks for sharing your passions on our platform your have a very good initiative sister ,keep up we are together.

Lily Habesha
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Dear Tarke,
Yes we together in this. If we are silent or unmovable, the next generation is not going to see any change in life. We are the one to introduce the new world to the coming generation the world full of love, compassion and bright hope.

Thank you,
Lily

Jane Frances Mufua
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Waoh. Lily you are doing great work. Thanks for your openness. Hope other women in this forum will network with you to benefit from your reach experiences.

Lily Habesha
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Hello Jane,
I'm so flattered. Am i doing a great job, don't know. My dear, I'm welcoming all sister to connect with me and work.
All sister here at WP are awesome. I can't speak enough or thank enough about all of you and everyone of you.

Thank you,

Lily

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

I am so proud of you, Lily! You inspire me. Hugs!

Lily Habesha
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Karen my dear,
How are you? Long time since we communicate. Thank you so much my dear sister.

You are wonderful.

Thank you,

Lily

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018

All is well in this side of the globe, dear sister. I draw inspiration from stories like yours.

You are wonderful, too. Hugs.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

My dear sister,
Your story is really inspirational for many girls all over the world. They need to be determines to study and have dreams that they can realize. Thank you for sharing your personal story which gives many in worse situations some hope.
Stay blessed

Lily Habesha
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Hello Anita, I didn't know you sent me a comment until I open to see my post. WP has stopped sending us email? NO!!!
Yes, there is no life which is problem free, in the middle of the battle in life...many forget about their dream. But you have to fight for what you have, ...if you drop it and search for something...who is going to live your life's call?

Stay firm, you will win.

Lily

ARREY - ECHI
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 04, 2018

Your stories and work show a very determined and well grounded all rounder, out to impact her world positively. I enjoyed reading your story and I wish you the very best in all your future plans and ventures.

Lily Habesha
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Array,
Thank you for your best wishes.
I'm feeling I'll grab them all soon.

God is now here!!!

Lily

uduakedet
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Wow..your story is so amazing. Keep up the good work. I live in Nigeria and I am open to work with you in whatever way.

Keep winning

Lily Habesha
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Dear Uduak,
Yes, I'm glad to work with all sisters across the world who works to benefit of their fellow sisters. When we unite force, we win faster and greater, I welcome you to work with me darling sister.

This platform brought me closer to the whole world. Hope you know our sister Olutosin, I can't describe how I love her. There another sister Jill, lives in Spain she is america, Tam from Canada...how they care for me and how I feel so happy when I saw their messages. Thanks to Jensine, for bringing us here on this platform.
When I was young, I saw a crossed stitched ....hanging on our friend's wall.
A SISTER IS , A FOREVER FRIEND.
I was a friend of my brothers, I had complained by then. Now, my brothers are way far...from us. But the sisters, call each other, do things together, go places together...care for each other. there is a bond in sisterhood, which can't be expired.
I'm glad to have you today.

Lily

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Dear Lily,
You deserve some big award for somehow being able to do the seemingly impossible. Reading through your story I am almost out of breath, but more so inspired that it is possible to do more than seems humanly possible. And you set the example, putting the reason where it belongs: it is the power of a woman who grew up having the impossible demanded, expected of so many girls, and turned all that capability into skills too numerous to count by such a giant hearted, generous teacher and supporter of others. My image of you is being able to juggle 25 balls in the air while teaching a number of people of all ages in a number of communities how to do the same. So many skills you have and are sharing, and so many more whose lives have changed thanks to you. A powerhouse with a huge generous heart. "Once you take a leap of faith to turn your life around and face life from a different perspective, all will be changed". You are proving it and inspiring it, dear sister.

With love,
Tam

Lily Habesha
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

My Dear Tam,
It has been long time ...how are you my Lioness?
life is like that to all of us, if we can remember how we grew up, how we fought to reach here. What makes my story different is, I don't forget a single event which happened around my family, my life, my church and so on. If you write your story remembering every bit, i will sit here opening my mouth like a big O and remain speechless.
I'm so happy to have you here. I told to one of our sister replying her comment, how you care for me...and this sisterhood love is driving us all crazy. In fact, i have to write about this WP sisters and the love between sisters who never ever saw each other, but fight for you, care for you, encourage you....am so amazed about it. It's two year since I join you guys. The lady who introduced me to WP, she forgot about it, but me...I'm enjoying the sisterhood, love, strength...and whatever is here.

Thank you for your kind words, you are my heroin.

Love you lots,

Lily

Naheda Shaikh
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

Hi Lily,

Self learning is the best learning, you made it and you are too good in your personal as well professional life, all the best my dear for the coming time.

Happy for your seccess, blessing for more...

Love

Naheda

Lily Habesha
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 11, 2018

Hello Naheda,
Thank you for your time to write a comment and read m story, that's very kind of you. I accept your best wishes and love.
Thank you once again,
Lily

Sinyuy Geraldine
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Congratulations my dear sister. You're a great blessing to many and I am happy to hear about your work with orphans and sustainability. All those areas touch my heart, especially vulnerable girls. Courage.