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Professionalizing the Garment SMEs: Improving quality Standards and Marketing to enter Export Market

The custom made training aimed to strengthen women-owned Ethiopian SMSEs in the textile/garment sector, contributing to the national economic development and framed within the Ethiopian government policy to increase export. More specifically, the program benefited Frehiwot Assefa Garment and eight other businesses.


  • Strengthened institutional quality systems, towards meeting (inter)national standards, including social and environmental
  • A more competitive position of the Ethiopian SMEs in respect to garment export, and Frehiwot Assefa Garment in particular
  • Improved branding / marketing
  • A more business oriented management
  • Integration of Frehiwot Assefa Garment in the relevant (inter)national knowledge networks
  • Resulting in: a higher turnover and profitability of the Ethiopian SMEs, in partiuclar Frehiwot Assefa Garment.

Download here the final report of the project.