Products: Embroidered bags, purses, scarves and belts
Beneficiaries: 50 artisans from Idna village
Idna is a remote village (pop.20,000) nestled among scenic hills southwest of the city of Hebron. In spite of the beautiful natural settings, the village suffers from critical unemployment, adult illiteracy, and inadequate health and educational facilities.
In 1998, a group of women started Idna Ladies' Association, a small income-generation project when 31 enthusiastic women learned skills in product design, sewing, quality control, inventory, financial management, and organizational skills. The association has grown from a humble room to a workshop equipped with machineries and worktables. Over the last few years, the women have significantly developed their creativity and designing skills, creating original products known for their prettiness and practicality.
Naime, Nuha and Sadieh, who live in Idna and run the association, beam as they speak of their work. “When we began, it seemed like a dream that we would have our own association and earn income. Today, we've done it and are doing it well."
“It makes me very happy when we receive orders from customers,” smiles Naime. “And it makes me doubly happy when I see my colleagues are happy because of the work.”