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Rural women cooperatives, mothers and widows products at the ABC mall Christmas Bazzar


The ABC mall in Ashrafieh organsed a Christmas Bazaar called "Kan ya ma kan" (i.e. The good old days) in which ten organisations participated and exhibited food, handcrafts and accessories produced rural women, mothers and widows.  Revenues from sales will be used by each of the participating organisations.  The exhibition takes the form of small wooden houses set up for free within the mall.  These will be open to visitors until January 2nd 2014.  Amongst these is a stand called Lebanese Village which showcases products from “Atayeb el Rif” cooperative.  The President of the Atayeb, May Traboulsi, noted that the project started with funding from the USAID and was implemented by the YMCA but is now, according to her, autonomous, self sustaining and is exporting.  She added that the main aim is to find work opportunities to rural women and help them stay in their villages. For its part, “Caring for the Child At Home”(check the name), an association which helps children who lost their fathers through providing education and health care, exhibited for sale various pastries and food stuff produced by mothers.  Other organisations also took part in this bazaar namely associations that work wit children with cancer such as Tofoula, Basma and Children Cancer Center.
Source: Al-Nahar 20 December 2013

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