What a fatigue are the several roles played by the Egyptian lady on the theater of life! She is the family backbone, the spring of tolerance, the energy of giving and sacrifice. Under any conditions or restrictions, she is the safe fortress of her children, and the source of their warmth, their comfort, and the psychological peace. The Egyptian mother is positioned beyond any words of recognition and appreciation. No matter how great or eloquent. Furthermore, the Egyptian wife is the faithful partner, the companion of life’s journey in its vicissitudes and challenges, its joys and sorrows, and the refuge for her husband.
We pay tribute to this great strong lady who strives to take care of her family in the middle of the difficult economic conditions. Khaireyah, 42 years old, has four children, Nada is the eldest, 19 years old, the youngest is Hana10 years old, and an 18-year-old son. Her husband, like several women in rural areas, is unemployed and her youngest daughter is the one giving her a hand as the rest of her children refuse to stand by their mother.
Despite her limited culture, she enjoys a business mentality. She works from dawn to late evenings in Shubra Al-Khaymah market as she sells fresh vegetables.
She has been introduced to Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation through its promotional campaigns in less fortunate areas and luckily, she was one of the first clients to apply for the Family loan product for machinery-equipment and vehicles. She received a tricycle in 2018, she uses it to transport vegetables twice a week from Al Obour market to Shubra Al-Khaymah market area, instead of a worn out pre-owned toktok thus saving the burden of cost. Moreover, with will and determination, she serves other merchants in the same market by transferring required goods from Al Obour market to Shubra Al-Khaymah’s. Khaireyah bears two responsibilities, she runs her family on one hand and the responsibility of its simple work and its relations with the merchants on the other hand.
Khaireyah dreams of founding her own supermarket and applying for another family loan to purchase display refrigerators and meat chopping machines. From her point of view, ‘a super woman is the one who handles her family and carries it on the shoulder all the way and asks no one for help; only God’
All appreciation and respect from Al Tadamun to Khaireyah, the decent Egyptian mother, the daughter of the Nile and the maker of happiness and development.