‘Well, of course, the pandemic delayed all the goals and the plans of the female-led cooperative. The main target is to increase the number of the workshops in most of the villages in Upper Egypt. And to go especially to the Nubian villages, because there are a hundred thousand Nubians in all the villages.
These are African Egyptians, darker in skin, their families ancestors are from Somalia. They live on the border between Egypt and Sudan. In 1961, we built the famous high dam of Aswan. One of the drawbacks of building the dam was the 100,000 Nubians living in the Nubian Desert: they had to be rehoused, so they could build the big reservoir. So these 100,000 Nubians were rehoused in different villages around the city of Aswan.
She’s (Sahar) mainly targeting only women, because in our culture, when a divorce happens, or a woman becomes a widow, the opportunity to marry again is really hard. This is why she wants to help the biggest number of women as possible as she can. Maybe one day she can have the enough money to have a small factory. This is her target.’
Meet the women of this female-led cooperative on Splendours of Egypt