Mrs. M.A, a 41 years old illiterate women who lived in El-Der el Sharqi village in Sohag governorate in Upper
Egypt. M.A’s husband was suffering from brain stroke that hindered his ability to move and speak then he
passed away in early 2018. Their five children are raised in very tight circumstances and specially the three
younger ones who still in different educational stages. These conditions strengthened their personalities and
their family bonds as they were all supporting each other to fight for life.
In the face of the difficult circumstances, Mrs. M.A’s took the responsibility of her family as she was very
determined and ambitious. She managed her time to attend handmade loom training that was held by a
developmental organization and take care of her ill husband at the same time. To maximize the benefit of
attending this training she bought a new mobile phone in order to record session by session and to apply it
frequently at her home. Besides that, she attended illiteracy classes to learn how to count the numbers to
help her in the craft. At the end of the training, the trainer provided them only two colors of loom fibers. Mrs.
M.A took a loan of L.E 4000 from BLESS and contributed by L.E 2000 to buy more materials, enrich her
productivity and start marketing her handcrafts. Now, Mrs. M.A produces carpets with cheerful colors and is
capable of covering all the expenses of her family by leading her own micro-economic project in her house.
She is a role model for the strong woman who breaks all the boundaries of poverty and illiteracy to create a
colorful life for herself and her children.
Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) was founded by the Coptic Orthodox
Church to serve the poor people.
Phone:+20 2 2682 2299 / +20 2 2682 2215
Address:222, Ramses st., Abbasyia, Cairo - Egypt 11381