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‘Business school wasn’t going to teach me to run a business in Ethiopia’

Published on April 16, 2015

Ethiopian-American entrepreneur Abai Schulze spent her formative years in an orphanage in Addis Ababa before being adopted at age 11 by an American family. During her schooling in the US, she travelled back to Ethiopia for summer holidays to volunteer in hospitals and orphanages.

These trips enabled her to reconnect culturally with Ethiopia and to witness the economic transformation taking place. Although she hoped to return some day, Schulze planned to first further her studies and build her career in the US. But in 2013, aged 24, she moved to Addis Ababa to start ZAAF, a company that produces handcrafted luxury leather handbags and accessories. Read more. Source | How we made it in Africa