Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
Program/Project Title Developing the Handcrafts Skills and Enhancing the Economic Status of Women in Upper Egypt (WEE
Location Beni Swaif, Fayoum, Assyut, Sohag and Aswan
Duration 46 months
Start – End date 28.02.2013-31.10.2017
Budget EGP 23,000,000
Aid Channel Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme – II Phase
Type of Support Grant
Applicant/Local Counterpart Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
Implementing Institution Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo di Bari (IAM-BARI)
Description The project maximized the roles of women living in Middle-Upper Egypt, not only within their own families but also inside their community, by providing an important number of them with the opportunity and capacity to produce and to manage food and non-food items.

In view of the foregoing, the project  developed  vocational and handcrafts skills of women in 12 villages located in Middle-Upper Egypt’s governorates (Beni Swaif, Fayoum, Assyut, Sohag and Aswan). A preliminary market study was conducted in order to identify the markets needs and the market absorption capacities of various possible items to be produced by the women. Contemporarily, women were supported in learning literacy and numeracy, as well as correct hygienic behaviors for the children well-being. Access to small credit and technical facilitating support was made  available, so that women can concretely produce and market their products.

Expected Results R1 – Women are able to define and decide their own business

R2 – Women have acquired the technical capacities to undertake the enterprise and have formed business groups dealing with common services related to production

R3 – Women have started the high-quality production

R4 – The production is on the market – in the neighbouring cities and capitals

Target Beneficiaries Direct beneficiaries are women living in the said areas who will accept to participate in the productive groups.
Reference Contacts dsassistant@cairo.esteri.it