Economic Development

  • To help increase women’s economic empowerment and participation in the Middle East and North Africa, HANDS is embarking on a new two-year regional initiative in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia aiming to activate and equip the private sector to lead and be a meaningful participant in advancing women’s economic rights in these countries and in the […]

  • Our local partner organization on this project, Think And Do, has provided vocational training to close to 15,000 Egyptians since 1998. The program targets the most marginalized and impoverished residents in both rural and urban areas of Egypt, offering them a chance to learn a marketable skill (including carpentry, professional driving, hair-styling, secretarial work, computer […]

  •   The Professional Fellows Program between Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and the U.S.   Theme: Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Development for Organizations Improving the Status of Women Funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this program seeks applicants […]

  • The Village Partnership is a development program HANDS was involved with for more than eight years. It is implemented in various urban slums and rural areas in Cairo and Upper Egypt, one area at a time. The program aims to support locally initiated projects that bring improvements in health, education, housing and environment, agriculture, economic […]

  • In villages and urban areas across Egypt, HANDS is pleased to sponsor microloans to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch or expand small businesses. We work through two local partners: Think and Do and CEOSS. These loans are given to economically vulnerable individuals and families to start small businesses or make their existing small businesses commercially viable. […]

  • This is a program dedicated to preserving the environment while improving the lives of those who live and work amidst city waste. In poor areas of Cairo, entire families live on trash dumps, earning their livelihood by collecting and sorting the city’s garbage at their homes. These areas are often called “Garbage Cities”. APE offers […]

  • On the outskirts of Cairo lie so called “garbage-cities”, areas in which informal garbage collectors (zeballeen) make their livelihoods by collecting, sorting and recycling the city’s trash. Though these communities boast an enviable 90% waste recycling rate, it comes at a high price. These settlements are among the poorest in the world. Because most of the […]

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  • Egypt faces a series of economic and social challenges as it endures a period of transition. Civil unrest has caused many vital institutions, such as schools and businesses, to close their doors. Some estimate that the true costs of the strife could be as high as $300 million each and every day. However, the recent […]

  • YEP is an initiative designed to spur entrepreneurship among the most energetic segment of the Egyptian population: the youth. HANDS has partnered the US Department of State and with local organizations to connect young people with the training and education necessary to turn their ideas into commercial enterprises. Some of the participants came to the […]

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