Developing the Women’s Economy in East Aleppo with a Cleaning Products Workshop

This is a translation of an Arabic article by Sozdar Waqas that first appeared on Hawar News on 3 May, 2017.

Members of the Women’s Association for Training and Awareness Raising in the Baydeen neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo have opened a project for the production of cleaning products in order to develop the women’s economy and to create jobs for as many women as possible, to help them become independent and self-reliant. Women in eastern Aleppo lived through terrible circumstances while the region was controlled by the mercenaries.

Four women are working in the workshop. They work from 9am to 2pm. The work is mostly manual; they use plastic buckets and a machine to mix the ingredients. The products they make include washing liquids, hair conditioner, shampoo and hand cream. They are also working towards learning how to make air freshener.

The amount of production is about 100 kilos per week, and they are being sold to the local shops and markets. The products are being sold for 150 SYP [Syrian Pounds] per kilo, which is below market prices. Marwa Qoryly, a member of the Women’s Association for Training and Awareness Raising, said that their objective is to develop the Women’s Economy and to break the control over women.

Many women in east Aleppo asked the Women’s Association to open as many projects as possible to help the women in the region.

Ghadir Zeyad Dyari, who works in the workshop, said that they will now start relying on themselves and their own will to manage their lives and work, and to improve their economic conditions.