Taribba Hinkson

2006- Ethiopia

Taribba Hinkson is graduate of the University of Toronto where she attained her BA in English and International Development Studies and Humber College where she attained her post graduate diploma in International Project Management. As part of her Humber Degree requirements she volunteered at Save the Children Canada assisting in summarizing the findings of the International Child Labour in Cocoa farms conference.It was during her stint at Save that Children that she came to know CAABWA. Taribba Hinkson thus went to Ethiopia as a CAABWA intern in 2006 and worked with the Centre for African Women's Economic Empowerment. She worked as a Business Development Officer assisting in the execution of international trade training programs for business women under the ACCESS! program. She also had the unique opportunity to see the end results of her work as she was able to attend the SIDIM trade show in Montreal where 5 of the business women in the program displayed their products and were able to find international buyers for their products. After working with CAWEE, Taribba worked with the programme support unit of CIDA in Ethiopia first as the Director's assistant then as a development officer. She was then hired to work as the coordinator for the Canadian Network of NGO's in Ethiopia. After working for 4 years in Ethiopia she decided to open her own business designing and creating luxury handbags for ladies using African dutch wax and Ethiopian leather. Her bags are sold in Ethiopia, London and St. Lucia and can be found at www.facebook.com/meme.bete or www.etsy/shop/memebete.