When women unite, the impossible becomes possible
I do not want to repeat what Syria is going through in terms of crises which started 10 years ago, especially after the Covid-19 crisis, which made all matters worse. We are a group of Syrian women inside Syria trying to improve our economic situation and take care of our families doing Handcrafts. We established a group for manual labor called SINNARATY (www.facebook.com/sinnaraty). The group includes women of all ages, social and cultural levels, among them internally refugees, and the majority of those have lost their homes and moved to other places inside Syria. Each woman of us specializes in a specific type of art, traditional and kind of handicraft that tries to apply the theme of sustainability in her work. Whether in terms of local raw materials or in terms of securing a fair and permanent income for the craftsmen (from producer to consumer). Today we face several problems, the most important of which is the boycott imposed on us, and because of which we were greatly affected and we can no longer secure our families' sustenance. We can no longer market our products. Internally due to the high price of raw materials. Externally, due to our inability to export these products.
Since I do not want to shed light on the negative things only, this is the most wonderful experience, whose story was woven by a group of benevolent and helpful women. The good thing about this story is that I, through several friends, managed to send several ROSARIES hand-made by our group for sale abroad. One of my friends called Nour Stall from German sold me a set of these rosaries at a very good price last year. The second set was sent to Germany as well, but due to Covid-19, my dear friend Nour was not able to sell them.
After several months, due to other project I was in contact with another wonderful friend called Dr. Daria Mejnartowicz who lives in Warsaw, Poland. She is also VVLEAD Fellowship Alumna.
23 rosaries were sent to her from German and within 3 days they were all sold out by Daria in a very good price also (her Polish friends knowing about hard situation in Syria paid 5-50 USD for a piece).
We have crossed the boundaries and made the impossible. A group of philanthropic people helped Syrian women and instilled hope in them by contributing to the sale of these products. Again, as during Daria’s philanthropic project for the Syrian refugees in Lebanon we met and Daria bought set of several different items for her friends in Poland.
Thank you Nour, thank you Daria and thank you to everyone who bought a piece of our products, which was made with love. It tells a story worthy of being told and sheds light on the Syrian people, whose ordeal will end soon.
Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world.
UN High Commissioner For Refugees