Direction and photography: Marco Mensa
Editing: Sandra Degiuli
Produced by COSPE
Selima, Nazim, Manar e Victoria are four Egyptian women who derive their income from handicrafts. They produce carpets, bags, embroideries, pillows, baskets, recycled paper, and other handmade goods, according to local tradition.
In the past these products were sold in the local markets but industrialization and the reduction of produciton costs has deprived many families of an important source of income. The documentary, through the direct testimonials of these women, shows how local organizations and international cooperation bodies are operating to provide commercial and institutional support to handcrafts associations, to improve their sales potential and to create a market for their products.