Ethiopian Shoe Shiner (Listro)
Ethiopian Shoe Shiner (Listro)

In Ethiopia, shoe shining is a common occupation that can be found in cities and towns. Ethiopian shoe shiners also known as Listro, provide a service of cleaning, polishing, and sometimes repairing shoes for customers. They typically set up their stations on sidewalks or in public spaces, equipped with brushes, polish, and other necessary tools. Shoe shiners offer a range of services such as cleaning shoes, removing dirt and stains, and applying polish to restore shine. Some may also provide additional services like sole repairs or replacing worn-out shoe laces.

The service is relatively affordable and accessible, catering to pedestrians, commuters, and passersby. Shoe shining serves as a source of income for many Ethiopians, providing them with the means to support themselves and their families. In Ethiopian culture, maintaining clean and polished shoes is often seen as a sign of pride and professionalism.

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