TBHF empowers 500 women through RMG factory, vocational training center in Qena

Sharjah 24: The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a global humanitarian organization based in the United Arab Emirates dedicated to helping people in need around the world, has delivered better socio-economic outcomes and improved quality of life for more than 500 women while indirectly benefiting more than 2,300 people through a women’s empowerment project he set up in 2019 in rural Upper Egypt.
Established to improve women’s participation in the labor market, TBHF’s ready-made garments (RMG) factory in Qena Governorate in Upper Egypt currently has a workforce of 426 employees, of which 142 are full-time and 284 part-time, in addition to 80 staff members who work in a vocational training center that provides relevant training and skills for women to enter the labor market.

The factory is self-sufficient and covers all of its operating costs while allocating a percentage of profits to develop training programs, implement safety measures and acquire new machinery to improve the quality of its products which are currently distributed in several Egyptian governorates. In the future, the Ready Made Garments (RMG) factory aims to market its high-quality products to neighboring countries in emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

This announcement was made during a recent media visit to the project site organized by the association and led by Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF. HE Saleh Alsaadi, Deputy Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Egypt, Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement, representatives of various media institutions in the United Arab Emirates and members of the Egyptian media, accompanied the Director of TBHF during of the visit.

The Big Heart Foundation had launched the US$605,000 RMG factory in Upper Egypt on an area of ​​500 square meters as a continuation of its ongoing development efforts in the region since 2017, including vocational training programs for equip women with relevant training and skills. to be able to enter the labor market. The factory project was implemented by the Egyptian Network for Integrated Development (ENID) within the framework of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The plant, which began operations with 30 employees in 2019, has since expanded its training programs and advanced its operations to cement its success and today indirectly benefits more than 2,300 people, including families and the extended parents of its employees.

Located near the homes of its workers, the Ready-Made Garments factory is the first of its kind in the Upper Egypt district of Qena Governorate to produce export products. Launched to provide a sustainable source of income for beneficiary families, the factory offers a conducive working environment where the health and physical conditions of its workers are prioritized, and the societal customs and traditions of the region are respected.

The opening of 12 crèches near the factory to take care of employees’ children has also attracted more women to work in the factory.

The cornerstone of humanitarianism
The TBHF delegation also visited the literacy and vocational training center launched in 2017 in partnership with ENID. Launched to develop viable and sustainable employment opportunities for women, the center forms the cornerstone of TBHF’s humanitarian work in Upper Egypt, where women are trained for employment in design, tailoring and embroidery, which eventually led to the establishment of the clothing factory. .

More than 80 women, working full-time and part-time, are employed at the centre.

During the visit, the delegation met both administrative staff and other employees. They were briefed on development workflows and processes, toured production lines and examined product samples from the factory.

In addition, the TBHF delegation met with representatives of the local community, NGOs and local departments to discuss community development needs, including training to equip residents with the skills needed to join the labor market and discuss opportunities for future cooperation between TBHF and the local community.

Projects that boost the labor market
Commenting on the visit, Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, said, “We are proud of the exceptional efforts of the Ready Made Garments (RMG) factory to create a sustainable economic enterprise in three years and firmly establish itself as a model for investment development projects The fact that the growth and expansion of the factory has been facilitated under the leadership of Egyptian women gives us more reason to be proud of this project.

The Director of TBHF added, “Based on an ambitious idea to utilize the energy and abilities of Egyptian women and the community, the factory has today strengthened its status in the Egyptian market by meeting local demand. through long-term contracts, which is an affirmation of the quality of the products produced at the factory and its commitment to becoming a vital contributor to the Egyptian economy.”

Al Hammadi added: “We hope that the success of the garment manufacturing business will set the framework for the development of similar economic projects to expand the reach of our humanitarian efforts in rural areas of Egypt, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint. Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and President of TBHF, to empower women, develop their skills and support them to help advance local communities.

For his part, His Excellency Saleh Alsaadi, Deputy Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Egypt, said: “The enduring bilateral relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Egypt has become a model for Arab-Arab relations. This distinguished relationship based on mutual respect has flourished since the founding of the United Arab Emirates and under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.Today it continues to thrive under His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and their brothers, Their Highnesses, the Sovereigns of Emirates.”

He added: “What sets the UAE’s humanitarian approach apart, apart from its broad global appeal, is that it stems from purely humanitarian considerations and reflects the authentic nature of the Emirati people and their leaders, as well as its commitment to Islamic principles and values. The humanitarian values ​​of the United Arab Emirates underlie its vital role in strengthening relations with various countries and peoples of the world.”

Welcoming TBHF’s initiatives and projects in Egypt, Alsaadi stressed that Egypt views any Emirati humanitarian support to any sector or region in Egypt as “brotherly support”, and added that any investment in the economy science, creativity and crafts in Egypt is investing in the development of the people of a country widely seen as a key player in ensuring the stability of the Arab region.

TBHF efforts across Egypt
In recent years, TBHF’s focus on service delivery and project implementation in Africa has increased, particularly in Egypt. TBHF has been able to expand the scope of its services as well as development and humanitarian projects in cooperation with many strategic partners such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Egyptian Network for Integral Development (ENID), Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation (MYF), National Cancer Institute, Ahl Masr Foundation, among others.

Air Arabia is the official carrier for The Big Heart Foundation’s media trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt.


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