Leather bags, shoes, belts, jackets, wallets and hats are just a few of the finished goods one can find at Girum Leather’s sales outlet in Piassa and workshop in Arat Kilo. Girum Leather started off as a small company having secured a 3,000 ETB loan from Addis Ababa Credit and Saving Association. Named after the owner Grumnesh Yimar, the company initially processed leather using one small machine. Girumnesh’s hard work grew the company into a medium level enterprise. This got her an award from the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi which recognized her company as a model establishment. Girumnesh went on to take entrepreneurship training and BDS services. Participating in both helped Girumnesh realize her company’s growth potential.