CAWEE was also involved in capacity building of Ethiopian women exporters through product development, market promotion, preparation of marketing materials and participation in international trade shows. In a program called “PACT: Program for building African Capacity for Trade”, a country program implemented by the Ministry of Trade & Industry, where CAWEE was a joint partner, six handloom companies, all owned & managed by women, went through processes of product development, market promotion and preparations of marketing materials, for ten consecutive months, and the companies participated in trade shows in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, in May 2007, which was an entry point for the companies into the Canadian market.
CAWEE also organized business award event. The event was special because it happened in the year, when Ethiopia was celebrating its Millennium and it was after that, the event was named as a “Millennium Award” for women exporters in the hand loom sub-sector. The Millennium Award was unique in that the companies were recognized and were awarded at the National Palace, by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in February 2008.
With financial support secured from USAID/COMPETE (Competiveness and Trade Expansion Program), 2012-2013, CAWEE was able to successfully accomplish a project “Connecting 100 Traditional Weavers to the Export Market”
Major Tasks Accomplished In This Project