Hiwot Tsegaye Alene


Name: Hiwot Tsegaye Alene

Education: Degree in Marketing Management

Company Name: Boqa Leather

Title: CEO

Founded in: 2019


What it does: Provide high quality of handmade leather bags

HQ: Addis Ababa (Megenagna, Gurdeshola)

Number of employees: 10 permanent, 3 part-time

Startup Capital: 100,000 ETB

Current capital: 1,000,000 ETB

Reason for starting: Getting tired of working for other people

Biggest perk of ownership: Working to fulfill my dream and improve my skills

Biggest strength: My supporting family

Biggest Challenges: Financial issues, society acceptance for local products

Plan: Establishing a training institute for a leather workshop training

First Career: School Secretary

Most interested in Meeting: President Sahle-work Zewde

Most admired person: Yetnebersh Nigussie

Stress reducer: Walking, driving and listening music

Favorite Past time: Helping my mother in the house

Favorite book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Favorite destination: Nature, especially the beach and forest

Favorite Automobile: Hyundai, Tucson