Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Basmeh and Zeitooneh

The women who work with Basmeh and Zeitooneh live in Lebanon's Shatila refugee camp, a place originally set up for 3,000 Palestinian refugees. Today, because an influx of Syrian refugees, more than 22,000 people are crammed into Shatila, making it severely overcrowded and unsafe for women to walk around the streets. Basmeh and Zeitooneh's workshop has created a safe haven for women who were previously confined to their homes without skills or any stable income. Now, they've been trained in embroidery and crochet and can provide for their families. "We are more than refugees waiting for assistance," say the women. "We are productive and talented."

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