Training Programs

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Whiz Kids Workshops

Whiz kids workshop was established in 2005 by Bruktawit and her husband. It is a social enterprise where impact is core, along with self-sustainability. Bruktawit is the CEO and Creative Director of the company. She has a teaching background and experience with teaching at kindergarten and elementary school. The company is mainly engaged in innovative TV programs, story books, educational videos for children, girls’ empowerment, and etc. The target group are children from 0 to 18. Their products aspire to achieve a fun way of learning for children. The comic books are written in different 7 local and international languages plus, four TV shows (one translated into sign language). And there is a plan to publish the books in brail for visual impaired children. They sell the books in shops and supermarkets and to NGOs that have programs for reading. The company has 25 full time employees. About 17 of them are female and almost 80% of them are below the age of 35. There is also 1 male part time employee and 5 seasonal male employees. The company has 3 or 4 externally hired employees. Whiz kids workshop created job opportunities for 17 book stores, media and production companies. The company has a business plan, written by Bruktawit herself, about 4-5 years ago. It was written to figure out the business side and to guide the potential of the business. Whiz kids workshop has won an award in 2006 and is currently also in the program of USAID.

UNI Furniture

UNI furniture was established in 2001 G.C. It’s a private limited company owned by four shareholders; one of them being Ms. Elfenesh who is the General manager of the company. the company operates in manufacturing producing home and office furniture products. The general manager interested to be a part of R-BDS program is to enhance their marketing, finance, and HR management. UNI furniture employs a total of 25 full-time and 2 part-time employees; of which from the full-time 7 are female while the rest are males. The part-timers are finance consultant who appears to the company once in a week, and who maintains machines. Meanwhile, they have created indirect jobs for 3 importer companies as suppliers of the semi-final and final products to UNI furniture . In 2017, the company has been paying 4,000 ETB per month for the finance consultant for the last 9 months. If there is a need for further support from R&D Group’s R-BDS providers after the completion of 6 months’ program.

One Planet School

One planet international school was established in 2006. Zelalem and his family moved from the US to make an impact on Ethiopia’s education system, by starting their own school. Although he and his wife have limited knowledge about how the education system works, they already know what they want to accomplish. The school has about 460 students. The school has students from kindergarten to the current highest grade. Each year one more graded is added and by 2019, the school is expecting its first graduates. The quality of education is important; therefore, the classes are small. For every 20 students, there are 2 teachers. Their philosophy is that every child has potential but they don’t know it yet; they can reach their potential by providing them with the right skills. To keep this vison in place, the school also has a separate quality director. Currently the school has acquired new land for a new school they are planning on building. They now have 4 separate properties, but they need a lot of renovation. This goes to show that it is the right time to develop the company. In terms of staff, the school has 110 full time and 5 part-time employees. About 40-50% of them are female and almost 95% of them are below the age of 35. There are also 10-15 seasonal employees (construction workers to improve the property). The school created indirect t jobs for over 6 companies also the school has 5 people at the top management level (2 females, 1 young), in which Zelalem is the Executive Director. The annual profit is most of the time between 10-20% of the turnover, last year it was only 3-4% because of the payment of the new land. The company has a private investment of 7 million ETB. There is a business plan, written by Zelalem and his wife, that is being updated. It was written for equity investors The company has made use of consultants before, last time advice on equity funding and financial models.

SWED Farms

SWED Farms was created by 3 partners in 2015. They plan to cultivate and export ginger and turmeric however due to bans by the government, as a result of disease to ginger plants, the company is currently cultivating turmeric at a much larger scale. The farm rests on 100 hectares of land in Bombay town. The first yield of the farm is expected by February 2018. Due to its success in establishing and running the farm, the regional government awarded it further was offered 200 hectares more farmland. The company has 50 full-time employees of which 4 are female. The number of part-time employees (daily laborers) is as high as 200 hundred, with more than 90% of them women. The company does quite a lot to help the nearby communities by providing training on how to harvest turmeric for free. Doing such community development work is a critical engagement the company has to prove to gain market in Scandinavia. The founders of the company developed a business plan to help develop the company. But Solomon says, rarely do plans go according to plan and they have made changes since they’ve started.


Like a business partnership, SAPP is among the few start-up businesses that graduated into middle level business by the government. Established in 2014, SAPP is engaged in producing table eggs and day old chicks. As for employment, the company has 5 full-time employees. Two of them being women below the age of 35. There are also 3 women part-time employees; all of whom are women below the age of 35. In addition, there is 1 externally hired accountant. SAPP distributed to 9 regular client companies that collect the products (particularly table eggs) on a regular basis.The company won a grant which it used to purchase hatching and incubation machines that can produce up to 19,000 chicks at a time. The company has a business plan, which was developed for a grant. Since Seyoum has a project management background he did the business plan by himself. Seyoum received some training from EDC some years back but as he mentioned it wasn’t that advanced to him.


Sabahar was founded in 2006 and produces hand-woven textiles for export and domestic sales. Their mission is to be a leader in the Ethiopian silk industry in international and domestic markets. Sabahar has 85 full-time employees and more than 60 women who supply them with their textiles and silk. As a social enterprise, Sabahar contributes to silk production in Ethiopia by training silk producers and weavers and also providing them with equipment and worms (paid by a loan from the Ethiopian Capacity Facility Office). They need some support to increase their social impact. They intend to help the 60 employees by contributing and providing benefits for their households. For instance, by paying the school fees of their children or by training them on household resource management. Sabahar has 85 full-time employees. 75 are on the payroll and 10 are temp workers that get paid per piece. Of the 85 employees, there are 53 women and 22 people below 30. The number of top managers is 6, 3 of them are women. Sabahar has more than 60 women who supply them with their textiles and silk. In addition to that, they work with a couple of associations Frew cooperative in Arba Minch, Jano handicrafts, etc. The company is therefore creating a lot of indirect jobs.

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