Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women

by Coptic Orphans
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women
Financial Inclusion in Egypt - Empower 8000 women

Project Report | Feb 12, 2021
A Widow Embraces Her Talent in Handcrafts

By Joseph Flynn | Communications Associate

Life wasn’t easy for Merna*, a 46-year-old mother from Alexandria, after her husband died. Fortunately, she had a great talent for tailoring and handcrafts such as crochet and sewing. Over 14 years of practice, her reputation for sewing grew, and she was even tasked with making robes for the local clergy.

But Merna’s budding tailor business had a problem: She lacked the overlock sewing machine needed for seam finishing. Because of this, she had to take her work to another tailor’s workshop to do the finishing for her.

The Be’daya project provided Merna with the loan she needed to buy her own overlock sewing machine, which meant that she could finish the clothes herself and keep all the profits. Her business flourished almost immediately. She continued to make robes for the clergy, and now she has several contracts with local schools to make uniforms for the students.

“My work is sold at several different shops throughout the village at high prices because of its quality and finishing compared to my competitors’ products,” she said.

Now Merna has enough money to provide for her children, which is sadly not often the case for widowed mothers in Egypt. She remains determined to pay back the loan despite the economic turmoil of the past year. She is also committed to giving back to her community by teaching handcrafts to girls through a local nonprofit organization.

There are many more widows like Merna throughout Egypt: Women with God-given talents and the drive to provide for their families, but who lack the resources to do so. Coptic Orphans remains committed to providing these women the seed money to start a business, whether it be in retail (grocery, household supplies, cattle fodder, livestock breeding); production (dairy products), or services (upholstery, ironing, photography, hairdressing, etc.). With a bit of help, there’s no limit to what these women can accomplish.

 

*Name and image changed to protect the privacy and dignity of the individual. 

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Coptic Orphans

Location: Merrifield, Virginia - USA
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Project Leader:
Nermien Riad
Merrifield , VA United States

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