Enterprise Partners

Enterprise Partners

Enterprise Partners (EP) is a social enterprise established in 2013 to facilitate markets development in order to create jobs and raise in-comes of Ethiopians living with poverty, particularly women.
It critically works towards a women-/ and environment-inclusive growth, by promoting investment within priority sectors of the Gov-ernment of Ethiopia (GoE).
EP works with market actors, mainly the private sector, to resolve identified sector and/or market constraints in a commercially viable and environmentally sustainable approach.

At a Glance

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Partners 1

Organization Type

  • Social Enterprise


Phone:                   +251-116-186-601
Fax:                        +251-116-672-588
P. O. Box                 27374/1000
                               Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
E-mail:                   info@enterprisepartners.org
Web                        www.enterprisepartners.org

T : +251911378403
E : Dawit_Ketema@pepeteam.org

Organization Mission

Catalyse wealth and job creation through facilitating private sector investments in alignment with objectives of Green Growth and Women’s Economic Empowerment

Area of Focus

The three AIG sectors – CTA, LAL, and FAV – pro-vide livelihood for ca. 80% of Ethiopia’s farming population, contributing an estimated 45% of the agricultural GDP, having a 30% share of exports, and employing 200,000 people.
Some of the common challenges for these sectors include weak market skills, low productivity due to use of poor quality inputs, ineffective agricul-tural and post-harvest practices, resulting in low income and limited job potential for the poor.
Hence, EP will catalyse productivity improve-ments and investment in the three AIG sectors. Our support will include research to identify bind-ing constraints and capacity building for key insti-tutions, including firms in the private sector, to overcome key market fail-ures, as well as work with GoE to catalyse pro-poor growth.
Ethiopia has a significant potential in CTA. Good investment incen-tives, low-cost labour, a stable political climate, and GoE’s commit-ment are added advantages.
Currently, active interventions by EP include:

  • Enabling Access to Improved Cotton Seeds – that are released by the GoE’s Agricultural Research Centres to create sustainable link-ages between Smallholder Cotton Farmers (SCF) and textile firms. By successfully boosting production and productivity of cotton, this intervention will not only benefit local textile firms suffering from shortage of domestic cotton supply and thus forced to im-port cotton in hard currency, but also boost SCFs’ income;
  • Pre-Employment Skills Training – for 10,000 poor women who will be employed at one the burgeon-ing textile and garment industries in Ethiopia. This intervention ad-dresses a critical gap in the mar-ket for skilled labour not to men-tion its benefit in creating a de-cent and formal employment op-portunity for women;
  • National Cotton Strategy (NCS) –a 15-years national strategy initi-ated by EP and its partners to ensure sustainable cotton supply, mainly produced by and to benefit SCFs.

An active intervention is:

  • Improved Veterinary Services – to decrease mortality and in-crease animals’ health; consequently improve the supply of quality hides and skins to tanneries and leather manufacturers. This will be done by filling the missing link in the supply chain of vet phar-maceuticals through distribution of products at retailers’ door gates to reduce time and cost by retailers to access inputs.

EP’s two active interventions are:

  • Facilitating a Tomato Processing Plant – establishment, under the ownership of Meki Batu Coopera-tive Union (MBCU), which is an um-brella of 150 tomato-producing co-operatives, where EP supported MBCU’s venture by mobilising tech-nical assistance and grant fund;
  • Access to Improved Inputs – mainly of seeds and seedlings by Smallholder Farmers (SHFs) – to increase the current low yield through commercialising seedlings business through creating awareness about improved seed/seedlings among farmers via marketing/promotion tools.

A2F interventions aim to boost the availability of financial prod-ucts (both saving and lending) for Micro, Small, and Medium En-terprises (MSMEs) through technical assistance and grant funding support to Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs) and banks.
This support will enable the financial institutions to better serve firms’ needs by addressing the “missing middle funding gap,” which are firms currently too small for bank lending but too big for MFIs.
The two active interventions in A2F are:

  • Financial Education Market (FEM) - focuses on increasing sav-ings of low-income women by creating awareness about sav-ings, especially benefits of saving at a financial institution, through innovative financial education materials developed by Eminence Social Entrepreneurs and used as marketing tools by Enat Bank;
  • SAB – Savings & Credits Cooperatives (SACCOs) Agency Banking (SAB) – aims to demonstrate innovative and sustainable ways of providing financial services to the rural poor by linking MFIs, technology providers, and SACCOs. SAB comprises supporting deployment of a light core banking system at SACCOs to improve their administration; a Mobile Bill Payment (MBP) piloting to reach the unbanked urban popu-lation; a Member-Get-Member (MGM) intervention to enable MFIs devise marketing tools/promotions to reach and mobilise savings from the poor, along with a reward system to account holders who promote these services and for each new member that opens/activates account.

Areas of Expertise

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