Two brothers are helping their Ethiopian community by publishing the first English Ethiopian newspaper in Washington, DC.
Joseph and Fares Gessese were born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At a young age they lost their father, leaving their young mother to raise two active children all by herself. To give them the best opportunity, she left Joseph and Fares with their grandmother and came to America. While she was in America, Joseph and Fares endured beating and hard labor at the age of 6 and 9 years of age.
With only 8 years of schooling, their mother was only able to get a job as a housekeeper at the Marriot Hotel in Virginia. After working long hours, she was able to save enough money to bring Joseph and Fares to America. Their mother did everything she could to provide her children with everything they need, but it had been too difficult for her. She made a difficult decision to send Joseph and Fares to a free private Christian school in Grundy, VA so they would get the best education and support. Their mother was able to visit them and provide them the emotional support. After seeing Joseph complete high school, she was able to return back to Ethiopia to start a new life.
After completing their high school education, Joseph and Fares stayed with relatives in the Washington,D.C. area to continue their education and work full time to support themselves. In the summer of June 2000, Joseph and Fares decided to move to Fort Wayne, IN to purse the entrepreneurship path. In Fort Wayne, IN they spend hours in the local library learning what it takes to be successful entrepreneurs. After a month of research, they were able to start their first business, a carpet cleaning business to the help the low income families to be able to afford to have their carpet cleaned. Once the business grew, they moved to Columbus, Ohio in November of 2003 to expend their business and started a new life. In Columbus, Fares was given a great gift on his 24th birthday by the birth of his son, Isaiah, on the same day. The birth of his son gave Fares a new purpose and motivation to pursue the American dream. While living in Columbus, Joseph and Fares went to become the founders of African Midwest Yellow Pages, African Cup USA , Addis Fashion Wear and the franchisee of the 4th largest tax service in America, Instant Tax Service.
In 2011, Joseph and Fares continued their entrepreneurship to Washington, DC by creating a marketing company called The King’s Marketing and the first English Ethiopian newspaper, The Ethiopian Times to serve the 300,000 Ethiopian communities that reside in the Washington, DC area. The newspaper covers the latest news, business, sports, entertainment, history, community and people. The Ethiopian Times encourages, motivates, and educates the Ethiopian community everywhere.
The Gessese brothers continue to push forward. As their life’s paths have brought them back to the DC area, they came with the end in mind to overlook their hardship faced at a young age by learning from project they’ve accomplished, their home land is represented in the country where it’s home to the brave.