Arakele plc is a social enterprise Fashion Design College located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which provides certificate and diploma level training in sewing and design. We have been commended with the status of a “model” school by the Ethiopian TVET agency, and offer a convenient location, peaceful compound, excellent learning materials, experienced teachers and overall student satisfaction.


Arakele was devised specifically to provide underprivileged women with a Hand Up and was started through generous seed funding provided by philanthropic investors seeking to make a difference.  Arabella Stewart and Mikele Goitom are joint General Managers and were selected for this project through Educational Charity Project Pencil Case (supporting underprivileged students and schools in Ethiopia with material needs), which Arabella Stewart launched in 2009. Arabella was contacted through the website (now ceased) and from this meeting and observation of the work of Project Pencil Case, the foundation and concept for Arakele was established in 2012 and evolved into the school opening its doors in 2014. In 2017 Arakele evolved into a Fashion Design College and Garment Production able to offer students longer courses and graduating with both Short Term Certificates and Longer Term Diplomas. In 2018, Arakele began Production working with selected students and paying them for their work.


What sets Arakele apart is our sponsorship of students and providing discounted tuition. We provide Scholarships to students; students from a diverse range of backgrounds eager to learn a marketable skill but who lack the funds to take the training. 

Arakele offers discounted tuition fees (less than the fees comparable schools charge) to students as our way to keep Arakele sustainable (pay for staff salaries, school running costs and machine maintenance).

Upon course completion and graduation we endeavor to link graduates with potential employers. After graduation some students go on to work for companies that they have spent time with - as part of work experience through Arakele. 

As our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Arakele provides underprivileged Addis Ababa primary school students (whose families are unable to afford the expense) at the start of each school year with school uniforms - production by Arakele graduate students.  

General Managers

our mission

Arakele is committed to supporting the local economy by employing Ethiopian staff and sourcing all materials locally including the sewing machines and school furnishings.

Arakele is concerned with helping Ethiopian women to develop and fulfill their potential.  


  • To provide quality training in both traditional and modern clothing design

  • To contribute to the efficiency and technical skills labor required by the expanding textile and garment industry for the world market

  • To contribute to the economical and social benefits of the country by training women ready for sustainable employment

  • To encourage more women to learn the art and skill of Sewing and Design and thus able to contribute to the economy

  • To reflect the skill levels from this essential training          

  • To assist graduates through networking with potential local employers

Why We Started

• Educated women are 50 percent more likely to immunize their children UNGEI

• A girl with basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV        MAKE IT RIGHT

• Children with educated mothers are more likely to live past age 5      MAKE IT RIGHT

• Almost half of the worlds out of school girls live in Sub-Saharan Africa WORLD BANK

• Ethiopia has some of the highest rates of global child marriage; estimates in 2009 show at least 50 percent of women marrying before they reach 18 USAID

• Globally, 77.6 million girls are currently not enrolled in school      UNESCO

• Of 163 million illiterate youth today, more than half are female       UNFPA

• Globally 250 million adolescent girls live in conditions of poverty               GIRL EFFECT

• When 10 percent more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

• An extra year of secondary school education for a girl enables the country’s GDP to increase by 15-25 percent                                             WORLD BANK