I’m Abel Girma; I’m 33 years old. I am a driver and a tour guide. I grew up at Addis Ababa. After my mom passed away, my father married another woman. I have a sister, and she works abroad at an airline company, so I live with my grandmother.
I used to chew khat; it makes you high and it’s more intense than coffee, however, it is addictive. Now I’ve quit it, and I haven’t chewed it for the last two years.
In my opinion, the local tourism is a smokeless industry in which everyone wins and the money that comes from it is distributed to all of my people evenly.
I speak Amharic, English, and a little bit of German. I have been working as a driver for seven years. For the last two years, I have had my tour guide license. I work for this company as a driver, and also I organize private tours for additional income.
I want to have my own tourism company in the future, but to accomplish this, first I need to make a decent network. I know that when I give my best service to as many people as I can, they’ll refer me to others.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 19 November 2018