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  • Helping disabled Egyptians live independently Mostafa Kamal Attia, an alumnus of HANDS’ Professional Fellows Program, serves the Egyptian community by empowering those with disabilities in the workplace. Being visually impaired himself, Mostafa realized at a young age the many disadvantages that persons with disabilities face in Egypt, and has worked for over 12 years of […]

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  • Nagafa Uses Microloan to Open a Business Nagafa, a widow from the Hassan Basha village, has always had a small job in her home. However, she made very little profit from her sales. She was struggling to pay for her children’s school expenses and basic household items like sugar and oil. After receiving a loan […]

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  • Village of Hope: The Story of Annas Annas’ life has been changed thanks to his time at Village of Hope. Annas, a young Egyptian boy, came to one of HANDS’ partner organizations, the Village of Hope, at the age of three with various health conditions. He was diagnosed with a developmental disorder that affected his […]

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  • Ayman is a husband, father, and utensil vendor living in a village in the Assiut governorate of Upper Egypt.  Before applying for a loan from one of HANDS local partner organizations, Think and Do, this entrepreneur had been facing significant financial difficulty.  His house in the village of El Gawly was at risk of collapsing […]

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  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Tunisian Women Pursue Gender Equality Olfa Arfaoui, an alumna of HANDS Professional Fellows Program, has a passion for women’s empowerment that began during her childhood in Tunisia when she realized that men and women did not have equality in public spaces. In her own words, “I was surprised that there were […]

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  • Samira is a widowed mother from Ezbet Rida, a hamlet in Upper Egypt. With no work experience and only an elementary school education, feeding her children is no easy task. Before receiving a life-changing loan sponsored by HANDS, she survived on small donations from a local community organization, which barely covered her family’s monthly needs. Samira’s situation changed, […]

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  • A Universal Mission: Advancing the Deaf Community of Morocco Mounir Naili, an alumnus of HANDS’ Professional Fellows Program, dedicates his life to serving the deaf community in Morocco. His passion for helping the disabled was inspired by his close friend, the first deaf Moroccan to earn a Ph.D., who also established an non-governmental organization that […]

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  • Leaving Law for Lotions Mona thought she was among the fortunate ones. She had graduated from college in Upper Egypt with a law degree. She has worked hard and excelled in school and — like all her law school classmates — expected to find a job. However, like 71% of Egyptian youth, Mona was finding employment […]

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  • Mary, a wife and mother of three, began flexing her entrepreneurial muscles before she had ever heard of microloans sponsored by HANDS. When she was young, Mary would purchase ready-made clothes and sell them to the people in her village. Due to the success of her initial sales, Mary saw potential for a bigger business […]

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  • Amal Youssef is an artist, trainer, and entrepreneur from Egypt who has founded a center for the economic empowerment of women in poor communities of Cairo. Last year, as a participant in HANDS’ Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the US Department of State, Amal was able to hone her skills and create new projects through […]

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