Empowering Women Through Enterprise In Tunisia
Members of the Oasis women’s group are specialists in ‘smara’ weaving and now earn a living making and selling handicrafts thanks to an Islamic Relief project in Tataouine, Tunisia. About 50 per cent of women in the area are unemployed, with no jobs available. We changed that for 85 women by empowering six women’s groups in sectors such as handicrafts, food production and dairy farming. We gave them technical training and showed them how to work together and manage their business. The women formed groups, with work venues, tools, raw materials and marketing all supported by Islamic Relief. Now structured as legal cooperatives, the groups give their members a decent income and already the women have plans to expand their businesses.
In 2019, we helped over 704,000 women and men in 29 countries build reliable sources of income.