20. Salt and/or Soap Production
Everyone needs soap and salt, and this is a fact in Ethiopia as it is everywhere else in the world.
At the moment, there are many small and medium entrepreneurs that use a small start up investment to begin their own salt and soap business, some even at home.
Salt is bought in bulk from the major producers in Afar and it is ground and packaged with simple equipment.
The major obstacle is to get a market share, and this can be achieved by having a good brand name and a lively and active marketing team.
Once you have established regular customers from stores, restaurants, hotels, etc., then expect your business to incrementally grow. The same with slight variations applies for the production and sale of soap.