Thread makers are located in many regions in Ethiopia. Some of them are in Addis Abeba, some in the rural villages of Mahal Meda, Tsehay Sena, Molale and Debre Birhan. Mountain villages are located over 3000 meters above sea level, which makes the climate cool. Wool has a big role in everyday lives and thread making traditions have existed there for centuries. Thread is entirely made by hand. Carding and spinning is made by using ancient Ethiopian traditions.
We are also leading thread making projects together with Finnish and Ethiopian NGOs (Non Governmental Organization). Having a disability is strongly stigmatized. Many times persons with disabilities hide in their homes and are excluded from their communities. We went door to door in the villages to find persons with disabilities. We found 300 person and now we are teaching them how to make thread.