Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Textile Cluster Meeting

Leather Cluster Meeting

Sustainable Wool Handicraft Design Training in Lalibela

Sophisticated Crafts Cluster Meeting, April 2, 2019

Cluster meeting

Textile Cluster Meeting, April 4, 2019.

Vegetable Tanned Leather Purchase Cluster Initiative Meeting, April 3 2019.

GEM Project Clusters Group Meetings held, June 25 - 27, 2019.

SWITCH Africa Green Launches Ethiopia Programme, August 28 & 29, 2019

GEM Technical Team Held Meeting to Review Project Performance

1st Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival was organized

GEL (Green Ethiopian Leather) brand at 11th AALF

Capacity building training on SCP Practice & Patters Conducted

Study Visit of Gem Cluster Members to Italy 22-26 January 2020

Sworkshop & Financial Support Agreement Signing, 15 September 2020

Sworkshop & Financial Support Agreement Signing in Lalibela, 18 September 2020

Capacity building training for 35 Lalibela cluster members and officers of Lalibela City Trade and Tourism Office on 23 October 2020 at LAl Hotel, Lalibela.

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members' training on November 4 and 5, 2020.

Welcome

The Greening of Ethiopian Manufacturing(GEM) Project is envisioning major opportunities for Ethiopian manufacturing industries in the ‘green market segment’ to inherit a chunk of the light manufacturing industries currently fleeing rising costs in china.  This applies to natural fiber cotton, wool, silk manufacturing, man made fiber manufacturing and garment manufacturing industries, leather industries, organic food, handicrafts etc. Learn More

News and Events

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members’ training on November 4 and 5, 2020

GEM project conducted cooperative cluster members' training on November 4 and 5, 2020 at Wereda 06 - Youth Centre, Addis Ababa. The training aimed to create an opportunity for the women pottery makers (GEM - Cooperative cluster members) to show what the market holds and how they should react towards the market changes.

The training also intended on how to approach the market and how to brand their products has been given to them. In addition, a guest speaker W/ro Fekeret from Feker design has shared her amazing experience with the women.

Nov 11, 2020

Capacity building training for 35 Lalibela cluster members

GEM project delivered capacity building training under the topics of product development, marketing and financial management for 35 Lalibela cluster members and officers of Lalibela City Trade and Tourism Office on 23 October 2020 at LAl Hotel, Lalibela

Oct 27, 2020

Financial support agreement signing event on 18 September 2020 in Lalibela

The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), PRECISE Consult International and Innovative Organizations (Inoa) held financial support agreement signing event with the “Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing” (GEM) project, beneficiaries on 18 September 2020 in Lalibela in the presence of the Lalibala city mayor Mr Yilma Merk, Mr Tebeje Adbarie, Acting Head of Lalibela trade and tourism office and Mr Habtamu Tesfaye Tourism office acting head. It was also held B2B with GEM Lalibela cluster members and awareness creation on how to utilize the financial support.

Sep 23, 2020

Workshop & Financial Support Agreement Signing, 15 September 2020

The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), PRECISE Consult International and Innovative Organizations (Inoa) held workshop and financial support agreement signing event with the “Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing” (GEM) project, beneficiaries on 15th of September, 2020 at Radisson Blue Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Sep 16, 2020

Several GEM cluster meetings took place last week (March 11, 2020)

Several GEM cluster meetings took place last week. GEM team also facilitated online B2B meetings between Ethiopian and Slovenian businesses and meetings for EU ROM Expert. Within dissemination and replication activities, we met with Ethiopian State Minister of Agricultural Input and Output Marketing Sector and with the management team of Holeta Bee Research Center.

In Lalibela, meetings were held with the Mayor of Lalibela and Lalibela Tourism Office about the organization of the second Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival.

Mar 11, 2020

GEM Arranges Study Visit to Italy for GEM Cluster Members

Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) arranges study visit for GEM Cluster Members to Italy 22-26 January 2020, through European Union supports aiming MSMEs in adoption of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices and seizing green growth opportunities, Implemented by Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), Precise Consult,  and INOA in Ethiopia.

The study visit program was designed to fulfill the following key objectives

  • to learn about international trends in sustainable fashion, textile and leather manufacturing;
  • to meet with leather, textile (garment) and heritage clusters’ representatives in Italy and exchange experience in doing business;
  • to learn about successful SME support and competitiveness enhancement;
  • to learn about management of cluster organizations, challenges and advantages successful clustering

Seventeen cluster members and GEM staff has attended the study visit. From the seventeen cluster members eight of them are female and the rest are male.  Participants’ sector distribution is ten from leather, six from textile and one from handicraft.

In the event the enterprise owners, managers and representatives visited six companies:

  • Bonelli Erede Law firm, Milan;
  • Prodital Leathers, Arzignano;
  • Venetian Cluster for Conservation and Protection of Environmental and Cultural Heritage assets;
  • Showroom of Mr. Franco Pianegonda, Vicenza;
  • Technology Park of Pordenone and
  • Green Fashion Week (GFW) organizers

Feb 7, 2020

Objectives

To conduct assessment of most promising green growth manufacturing industries in Ethiopia

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To launch 3 pilot green manufacturing clustersand develop their action plans

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To implement actions for green- growth reorientation of MSME’s within pilot clusters, build their capacity on SCP practices and contribute to their increased sales and job creation

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To facilitate SCP practice-based collaboration among key stakeholders with in each cluster’s value chain and disseminate lessons learned.

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Overview of Switch Africa Project

The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective will be achieved through support to private sector led inclusive green growth.

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GEM Priority Sectors

Fiber Cotton, Wool, Silk, Garment Manufacturing Industries

Leather Industries

Handy craft Industries

GEM Good Practice Series

GEM Best Practice Series: Wool Week shares messages of sustainability and biodegradability of wool.

GEM Best Practice Series: Wool Week shares messages of sustainability and biodegradability of wool.
Involvement of students and young designers is a step towards making this ecological fibre even more attractive.
Check out: http://www.campaignforwool.org/2020/10/05/student-design-competition-virtual-tour-new/?fbclid=IwAR0Ovu3UvERtTRrYim0d3mDuXh_PNKkQrObSUFfiXS0rwzMBp9NBx3WSwFI

Oct 16, 2020

GEM Best Practice Series: Ethiopian sustainable fashion is an important trend.

Ethiopian sustainable fashion is an important trend. Made from recycled materials, these designs are good for our body and for the planet.

Oct 16, 2020

GEM Good Practice Series-Hoppe Shoppe

Hoppe Shoppe is a curated shopping experience for thoughtful home decor and the stories they tell. A mix of vintage wares, well-designed pieces, and one of a kind objects, each collection is released with accompanying photo journals and ingredient lists that connect visual stories to style pairings. Combining inspiration and sourcing, Hoppe Shoppe focuses on ethically and sustainably produced items from independent artisans around the world...

https://www.hoppeshoppe.com/our-decor

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series-Replacing synthetic fabrics with natural ones

Why Are Synthetic Fabrics So Popular—And What Can We Do To Move Away From Them?

Plastic-based materials are finding their way into oceans and waterways. Whenever we wash synthetic fabrics, they shed hundreds of thousands of micro-plastics that make it past the washing machine’s filtration system. These fibers account for an estimated 60% of the material in our clothes worldwide...

https://www.thegoodtrade.com/…/synthetic-fabric-plastic-pol…

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Project Supports Vibrant Arts & Crafts Community in Lalibela

Lalibela Arts and Crafts Festival has been initiated by the Greening Ethiopian Manufacturing (GEM) project, funded by the European Union.

It is expected that altogether 19 artisans from Lalibela will exhibit their products, including paintings, leather products, pottery, textile products, made from cotton and wool, jewellery and other.

www.instagram.com/lalibela_arts_crafts
https://www.facebook.com/EthiopiaGEM/
https://twitter.com/EthiopiaGEM/

Oct 8, 2019

GEM Good-Example: Liya Kebede’s brand Lemlem offers Ethiopian craftsmanship

Great example! Liya Kebede’s brand Lemlem offers Ethiopian craftsmanship that sells. The #supermodel implemented a sustainable approach while sponsoring her foundation for African women

ft.com/reports/busine…

Jul 3, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series: Salt + Still

“We want people to be thoughtful about what they purchase so they’ll love it for a long time.”

“The name Salt + Still is a tribute to water, an ingredient that is elemental to the natural dye process. Inspiration is drawn from the mountains, the sea, traditions both old and new, and the love of natural magic. “

http://www.saltandstill.com/about-1

Jul 2, 2019

GEM Good Practice Series: How holistic is the commitment of major fashion brands to SUSTAINABILITY?

Patagonia is way ahead of the pack in terms of sustainability, but it offers a model to help consumers judge whether other brands are making a holistic effort to be sustainable, or just offering one or two sustainable products.

https://www.fastcompany.com/…/is-your-favorite-fashion-bran…

Jun 10, 2019

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