Developing and acquiring new skills have become essential to overcome the difficult socioeconomic crisis aggravated by the pandemic. 45 women from Meryata and its surroundings in the North are currently benefiting from three months of sewing and embroidery trainings through the project "Ibri w Kheit" organized by Himaya Daaem Aataa in partnership with Meryata el Kadrieh municipality, under the BALADI Program funded by USAID and implemented by Caritas Lebanon.

These women are learning and developing skills in making clothes embroidery and fashion designs. This ongoing training from May 20 till August 5, 2021, will increase their chances to access job opportunities or to be self-employed. Generating revenues will improve their livelihood, and help them provide for their families. Also, through this project, these women are attending Gender-Based Violence awareness sessions that will help them acknowledge and reject situations of violence and abuse.

The BALADI Program through USAID’s fund provided $35K worth of equipment including 15 sewing machines, one embroidery machine, and 45 complete sewing kits, and experts such as one fashion designer, one sewing trainer, one embroidery trainer, one artisanal trainer, and one GBV expert.