Humans of Africa: Mahlet (Ethiopia)

 ETHIOPIA

“What I remember most are the family gatherings and communal living. Everyone makes an effort to visit family and friends.”

Mahlet Seifu, Human of Africa

Photo Credit: Marjorie Lubin from Racines Creations

“I was born in Ethiopia and lived there until I was 11, then moved to Ottawa (Canada).

What I remember most are the family gatherings and communal living. Everyone makes an effort to visit family and friends. I remember spending a lot of time with my cousins growing up.

What makes Ethiopia a special place is its rich culture, food and history. The 13 months of sunshine also make it a special place: in the Ethiopian calendar there are 12 months with 30 days and the last month has 5 to 6 days (depending on a leap year).

A few of my greatest achievements are:

Growing up to be an independent and confident woman;  

Building a socially responsible line of clutches (bags) called Me.Tu Style, which supports charities here in Ottawa and in Ethiopia;

Training and competitively competing as a tennis player in my teenage years. I have won many championships and tournaments.

Photo Credit: Marjorie Lubin from Racines Creations

As a model, gracing the cover of three magazines in the past few years: Zen (Nigeria), Tropics (South Africa) and Fave (Ottawa)

On her brand.

Me.Tu Style

I was looking for a clutch; something unique and different. I couldn’t find what I was looking for in large department stores so I started sketching my ideas. I went to Ethiopia and made some samples. I spoke to people about it, showed them samples, and there were so much interest – that’s how the brand started!

In the process I thought I could start a socially responsible brand, so 10% of the proceeds go to an orphanage in Ethiopia. The clutches are now made locally by a charitable organization, Eco-equitable, which provides a bridge to social and economic integration for people in need, especially for immigrant women.”

For those who are interested in checking out her brand, visit MeTuStyle.ca for a great selection of clutches for any occasion!

By | 2016-10-25T00:30:21+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Humans of Africa|Comments Off on Humans of Africa: Mahlet (Ethiopia)

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Nomad is a Sista Tweet blogger, co-creator, External Relations Manager and Strategic Thinker.
She’s a lover of international cultures and foods and when she’s not on Sista Tweet or growing her career at her day job, she’s busy planning her next trip around the world.

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