President and CEO of Women's World Banking Mary Ellen Iskenderian spoke with Susan Yackee of Voice of American's Middle East Monitor Podcast on Women's World Banking's recent research engagement in Cairo, Egypt on the lives of low-income women entrepreneurs after the Revolution.
"...A gala dinner to support women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East and Women’s World Banking has raised $ 2.1 million. The “Sewing the Future” event was hosted in Washington by Kuwait’s ambassador to the US, Shaikh Salem Al Sabah and his wife Shaikha Rima Al Sabah, with the cooperation of the Kuwait-America Foundation, Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported.
Magda Salem, a mother of three children and a wife of a taxi driver, started her own business of buying fabric from suppliers, cutting and sewing it into scarves and selling them to her neighbors and relatives. Magda soon saw an opportunity in the overpopulated neighborhood in Cairo, the Dar Al Salam district. She decided to grow her business by leasing a shop in order to rent dresses to women in the neighborhood. “I realized that this could be a profitable business for me and a service that women need frequently for many occasions and events” explains Magda.