Lebanon - women preserve tradition as a path to empowerment
MENNA – meaning ‘from us’, or ‘made by our hands’ in Arabic – is a nation-wide network of over 650 rural and refugee women producers and cooperatives in Lebanon. In 2015, Amel Association International – a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality – launched its first permanent MENNA shop in Beirut, giving network members a year-round space to sell their handmade goods to the public.
Pictured above, cooperative members in southern Lebanon make a rare, traditional bread called Mallet El Smid to be sold at the MENNA shop in Beirut.
The Mawasem El Dayaa Women’s Cooperative is among the last producers of this signature bread and one of 14 rural women’s cooperatives to benefit from the vocational trainings and market opportunities offered by Amel Association’s MENNA project.
Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade
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