Raiy Workshop - Addis Ababa


In the lead up to the Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2016, the Bench Events team took part in Hilton Worldwide’s Global Month of Service initiative by attending a set of activities organised by the Blue Energy committee at the workshop of local NGO Raiy, in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Raiy is an NGO that was established 10 years ago by entrepreneur Birke Nigatu to empower women who had been rehabilitated from leprosy & fistula.  The objective is to empower them through economic and educational enrichment activities. Currently the work group has over 90 workers and 95% of them are women. It operates a weaving and embroidery business producing traditional Ethiopian woven cloth and accessories using 100% natural materials.

The activities of 28 September 2015 included painting, setting up equipment and machinery for the workshop, tidying and gardening. The team worked to improve the environment of Raiy’s workshop and make a difference to the lives of those involved with the charity and their families. The NGO was also invited to display and sell their products during AHIF.