Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT
First deaf-run social enterprise selling paper bags to fight plastic pollution
Teki Paper Bags is an Addis Ababa-based social enterprise that produces and sells paper bags as a replacement for plastic bags. Teki was developed for and by the deaf community and employs mainly young deaf women to design and produce the bags. The organization’s official language is Ethiopian sign language, which is used during production, distribution, and awareness-raising for the company. Since 2016 the organization has employed 18 deaf people and produced over 1.1 million paper bags.
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|Name of Innovative Practice:||Fighting plastic bags in Sign Language|
|Organisation:||Teki Paper Bags|
|Ethiopia – Addis Ababa|
|Sub-Category||A project of the Business Sector|