Addis Sustainable Life



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In 2015, Nahom and Abbiy founded Addis Sustainable Life (ASL), a campus-sustainability program and small recycling start-up that marketed biodegradable products, engaged volunteers in creative campus waste management, and executed campus sustainability campaigns for Addis Ababa University. ASL blended Ethiopian traditional skills with contemporary designs to produce aesthetic paper products available for international and online markets and also generated direct impact through a light bulb swap to take in inefficient incandescent bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescents. 

Both Fellows have now transitioned into the Continuing Impact Program.