The rate of unemployment in the south of Egypt is high. The organisation DUET support young women by starting their own sewing business. The women learn how to sew, and can earn their own living. For example Sabah. Previously she was unemployed and depending on others. Nowadays she is selling her handmade clothes at the market. She is growing in financial security, but also in her self-confidence.
why this project?
The Coptic Orthodox church of Deir El Barsha wants to teach women to provide their own first basic necessities. Many people in the south of Egypt work just a few months in a year as seasonal worker. By starting a sewing business, DUET aims to increase self-reliance of families.
In the past, many men and women have been supported by DUET by a small microcredit, which has its positive effect on the people. Some use their microcredit to buy land or livestock. Others invest in buying a welder in order to start their own workplace. Women who learn sewing, are structurally supported to gain their own income.
what can we learn?
The saying says: to someone who is hungry, you could better give a fishing rod instead of one fish. However, that person should learn to know how to use the fishing rod. So, giving should always go hand in hand with equipping people.