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  • During these challenging times of global pandemic, we hope that heart-warming stories from the beneficiaries of your generosity provide some encouragement. Today we share one such story—that of Soaad. Soaad is a 61-year-old Egyptian woman from the Beni Suef governorate in central Egypt.  She is a widow with two grown children, the older of whom has severe […]

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  • As elsewhere around the world, especially in developing countries, women in Egypt are disproportionately represented in the informal economy. This term refers to economic activities that are not subject to contracts or governmental regulation and do not offer protections like social security, health insurance, and pension benefits. Women selling fruit and vegetables at roadside stands, […]

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  • We often share stories about the microloans you generously provide enabling beneficiaries to create small-scale businesses, but these funds can also empower entrepreneurs to impact their communities through larger-scale job creation. In a southern suburb of Cairo, Mohammed owned a cafe that only had the capacity to serve beverages to customers. He longed to expand […]

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  • 2020: It’s been a challenging year! We are so thankful for each of you who have stood by HANDS during this time, empowering us to find creative ways to serve Egypt’s most vulnerable groups.  Despite the limitations caused by this year’s pandemic, we are happy to report that the efforts you invest in are flourishing. […]

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  • Thank you to everyone who supported microloans and job-skills training for vulnerable Egyptian communities by joining HANDS’ Virtual Fall Benefit Event! We had a wonderful time celebrating the impact of your investments in Egypt with you all. A highlight of the afternoon was a captivating live interview conducted by WXQR’s Nimet Habachy with Ambassador David Welch and his wife, career US diplomat […]

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  • In this time of global health concerns, we all need to hear encouraging stories occasionally. This is an account of a multi-generational Egyptian household trying to support itself in a time of hardship with a little help from generous HANDS donors.   Mary, from the village of Rida in the Minya governorate, is married to a carpenter. Not […]

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  • During these difficult times, it can be challenging for families to support themselves. Two income households are often better able to weather such times of crisis. Today, we share Ebtisam’s story. Ebtisam is from Rida, a village in the Minya governorate, where her husband works as a driver. When his income was not enough to […]

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  • When we think of the microloans that you so generously make possible for the people of Egypt, we often picture small grocery stores or other retail shops, but in more rural areas, agricultural projects are also popular startups. The project that Rons, a woman from Hasan Basha village in Upper Egypt, launched is one such […]

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  • Attention all high school students in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia:  You are invited to apply for an intensive online training and exchange program with American students, using the See Something, Do Something social entrepreneurship curriculum designed by Yale University. The program duration is from August 3 through 21, with sessions taking place three times a week for two hours […]

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  • During these difficult times, sometimes it is encouraging to hear stories of hope. Today we share Warda’s story. Warda, a 38-year-old mother, is from the Egyptian village of El Hawaslya. She wanted to help her husband support the family by using her skills in hairstyling and makeup, perfected through years of playing dress-up with her sisters.  […]

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