This inspiring family moved from the U.S. to Ethiopia & started a thriving social enterprise company.
We first travelled to Ethiopia in 2011 to adopt our daughter, and eventually moved to the capital city of Addis Ababa one year later. While living there, we had the fortune of spending time with organisations working to empower women emerging from the commercial sex industry.
Parker Clay is a luxury lifestyle brand with goods designed in Santa Barbara, California and made in Ethiopia, where they are creating opportunities for women to become economically independent, all the while crafting gorgeous leather and hand woven products. Brittany and Ian Bentley travelled to Ethiopia and worked with organizations that empowered underprivileged women through skill development, and eventually decided to create Parker Clay with the intention of helping these same women gain financial stability. All of Parker Clay’s products are sustainable and made with some of the finest leather in the world.
Below is a Q&A with Parker Clay founders Brittany and Ian Bentley.