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In 2008, Marie-Christine, a French nurse who, for 8 years, had been treating children in the clinic she had created in a poor village outside the modern city of Luxor, Egypt, had an idea to create a pottery school for underprivileged boys. She found that it was not enough to treat a wound and that in reality it was necessary to work on the education of the children, to give them an opening for their future by teaching them a useful craft like pottery, and also by teaching them a healthy lifestyle through diet and hygiene. She sought to provide...

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Some designers in Egypt aim to support Egyptian women artisans by helping them work from their own villages and homes or close to them, creating handmade products enriched with the traditional artwork of Egypt. One of the designers works with 500 women living in remote areas of Egypt, such as the Sinai peninsula and the Siwa oasis, as well as in her atelier in Cairo, to create unique products showcasing the typical embroidery work from those areas, as such offering independence and sustainable income to those women, while at the same time helping to preserve traditional crafts. Another Egyptian designer works with about...

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Recycle and re-use: proof that environmental, social and economic development can go hand in hand. A story of the empowerment of a community.

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Akhmim, a small town on the eastern bank of the Nile, about 450 km south of Egypt, is home to a group of highly talented Egyptian women artisans. These women are trained on weaving and embroidery by a development project launched several decades ago by an Egyptian non-profit organization, as part of an initiative to empower women and raise their self-esteem.

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