Top 10 Women In Africa’s Manufacturing Industry

Written by Lillian Mutiso
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder SoulRebel (image:
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder SoulRebel (image:

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopia

In 2004 35-year-old Bethlehem Tilahum Alemu pushed by the desire to create jobs to the impoverished people in her village created SoleRebels Limited, from a capital of $10,000. This company makes foot-wear such as sandals, slip-ons and lace-up shoes from recycled tires and plant materials which helps in environmental conservation. The foot-wear are entirely made by hand and have a great emphasis on the ancient Ethiopian culture, fused with modern Western culture. SoleRebel sells its products in over 55 countries globally. In June 2012, African Business Magazine awarded Bethlehem the ‘Most Outstanding Woman’, at the annual African Business Awards.