Meet the Makers

Kassa Asfaha is 75 years old, has four children, and his wife passed away 4 years ago. Kassa is a leper and as a result has lost his fingers. Despite his disabilities, Kassa is able to make beautiful rugs and place mats for homes. We love this man and his perseverance.


Gatahun Mekeru is 56 years old and has four children, age 20, 14, 10 and 5. Gatahun is a leper and as a result has lost half of his fingers. He makes our packaging bags for jewelry and rugs. We love this man. He is a hard worker and good father.

At just 24 years old, Kidest Belay brings leadership to the team as our business supervisor. She has always lived in Kore, and currently lives with her grandmother. We could never do without her hard work and her dedication to the job.

Bayush Gatachewu is 40 years old and a single mom. She has two beautiful children, ages 17 and 19. Her husband passed away three years ago. She makes the beautiful clay beads at Lila Products.








Yeholashet Tereda is 43 years old and has two children, a 26 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. Yeholashet is HIV positive. She creates the beautiful clay beads of Lila Products. 

Gadise Tolosa is 43 years old and has three children, ages 7, 10, and 22. Her education stopped at grade 3. Before working at Lila Products, she had no work. During her interview she said, “Test me. I’m a very hard worker.” This has proved true since hiring Gadise.