Having grown up against the backdrop of torture and murder in the Ethiopian military regime, Alfa Demmelash went on to be inspired by her mother, who worked as a waitress during the day and seamstress during the night to support the family. This inspiration led to the founding of Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial development in low income groups.


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  • Learn more about Rising Tide Capital.

  • Alfa Demmellash has been nominated as a 2009 CNN Hero, learn more about the other extraordinarily people nominated as CNN Heroes.

  • Read more about the military regime that Alfa grew up in, and draw inspiration on learning from hardships.

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