Hilina Belete

Deputy General Manager, Hilina Enriched Food Processing, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Launch Date: Aug 7, 2012

Words of wisdom: "Don't be afraid to try, even though you might fail. If you don’t try you will never know where your goal might take you.

HILINA was established in 1998 by her father to undertake the manufacturing and processing of a range of food products specifically designed to combat the various forms of malnutrition and other micronutrient deficiencies affecting children and other vulnerable groups in Ethiopia. When it was initially established, the centre produced Vitamin A enriched sugar as well as iodized salt for UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the general public. Helina Belete rose to the challenge to enter the organization and learn all the elements before taking on her role as Deputy General Manager.

Today, HILINA has experienced significant growth in terms of both size and capital

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  • Wisdom Exchange 2012-08-08 18:45:42

    Thanks Carolyn for your comment! As the saying goes if we knew then what we know now... where would we be? However, if we could do now what we could do then we wouldn't have the time think about it.

  • Carolyn 2012-08-08 14:57:48

    This was a great interview! I loved that she was so young and offered inspiration to all women - outside Africa as well. Your final comment about age not being an obstacle is so true! I think there are many women who feel that if they had started earlier they could have done more. Thanks Suzanne!