Shorts: Ethiopia

Promoting Trade in Ethiopia

Released in 2014Running Time: 4:48Filmed in

This is the story of Mohammed, Sarah, and Abebe, three Ethiopian businesspeople who built successful companies exporting to the United States. It’s also the story of USAID, whose advice and exposure was exactly what these business owners needed. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs.

Ethiopia: Tikur Abay Targets America

Released in 2014Running Time: 04:05Filmed in

This is the story of Abebe, who owns a shoe company in Ethiopia. Working with USAID, what can he do to break into the massive U.S. market? Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.

Ethiopia: The Birth of NovaStar Garments

Released in 2014Running Time: 03:45Filmed in

This is the story of Mohammed, who moves back to Ethiopia after 18 years in the U.S. to open a textile factory. The problem is, he doesn’t have much experience, or any buyers. It’s also the story of USAID, whose initial support gives Mohammed just the market exposure he needs to rapidly expand his business. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.

Ethiopia: Sara’s Handicraft Passion

Released in 2014Running Time: 04:26Filmed in

This is the story of Sara, a fashion designer from Ethiopia. Not long ago, she had 7 employees and was struggling to turn a profit in the local market. Today she has more than 400 employees and her designs appear in major retailers such as J. Crew. What was the difference? Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.