BADAWEYA, a Women’s Handicraft Initiative in the Tarabeen village close to Nuweiba, is supported by EconoWin. It has been brought to life recently by Hemaya, a local association for community development. Sixty Bedouin women are participating in trainings that qualify them in technical skills such as sewing, quality assurance, design development and entrepreneurship. The long-term aim is to enable the Bedouin women to develop a successful community-driven handicraft business with linkages to the local market in Sinai and Cairo that enables them to supplement their family’s income.

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Over the last decades climatic changes have led to aridization of traditional pasturage in the mountains of Sinai and have forced the Bedouins of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to become settlers at the coast. Bedouin men found limited employment opportunities as informal labor in the growing touristic sector, such as driver or tourist guide. The …

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