Boushra Bakeer shows one of Shatila Studio's garments.
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Sitting on benches around the edge of the production room in the needlework workshop Shatila Studio, the women stitch patterns into fabric that will be used in bespoke textile products.Shatila Studio, however, had started as a textile workshop as part of NGO Basmeh & Zeitooneh.Now, Ziervogel says, 73 women are taking home a regular income from their work at the workshop.Since moving to a social enterprise, which means operating from sales profits rather than donations are different, Bakeer says. The advantage of social enterprise is that it should provide more stability to the workshop in the long term, Ziervogel says. The workshop is therefore going through a nervous period.In the meantime, an online campaign has raised over $14,000 in product sales, keeping the women in the workshop busy.Sixty-one-year-old Amina has spent five years with Shatila Studio, and lives with her four children in one room, which costs $350 per month. Her work at the studio brings her LL50,000-LL100,000 ($33-66) per day, she says.While she takes her instructions from Bakeer, she nonetheless has a matriarchal role in the workshop.
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