This is the time to discover the shortcomings that have arisen during the production process. A few pieces of chocolate are placed on a large table in the kitchen workshop where the temperature control is regulated by an air conditioning system that not only provides cooling when it is hot, but also dehumidifies the air. It looks like a lab. Impeccable hygiene and students in white coats wear gloves and masks. Each is equipped with a pocket thermometer to check the chocolate temperature.
Mervat El-Dessouky, a chocolate master and teacher, intervenes highlighting manufacturing flaws. She collected pieces of chocolate with anomalies to explain to the students how to avoid them. ” These pieces are edible, but cannot be packaged due to mistakes made during the last step of production “Says Mervat. And to add: The chocolate chef must recognize the various imperfections that can occur during the production process and avoid them. Holding a square of chocolate with white spots in his hand, he asks young chefs if they can find out the reason. They answer that it is due to the high temperature, because to make chocolate liquid, you must not exceed 31 degrees. Mervat takes another piece of chocolate in the shape of a heart which has a crack on the side.She explains that this defect occurs when the mold is not well shaken after filling with melted chocolate.The last remark refers to a piece of chocolate that does not shine because the mold is not well cleaned before filling.Different Arabic dialects used by students in conversation with the chef suggest that these women are from other Arab countries including Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Jordan.This is really one of the courses offered to immigrant women.
Making chocolate as a professional chef is not the only training for learning in this workshop. You can learn to sew, paint on fabrics, make leather bags, and even make fabric toys for children, a branch that interests some students who have already gained relevant work experience elsewhere that allows them to enter the job market. In this context, the National Council of Women opened a branch office in Guiza to support projects aimed at economic empowerment of women, by opening a cooking workshop.
The initiative for the economic empowerment of immigrant and Egyptian women is supported and funded by the Japanese government, in cooperation with the National Council for Women, UN Women and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ” Launched in 2018, the project aims to promote the economic empowerment of migrant and Egyptian women through special programs, enabling them to develop their skills through training, while providing them with the services necessary to launch their own projects. “, Explains the employee of the United Nations regional office for women in Egypt. And to emphasize that this project achieves the first and fifth goals of sustainable development, which are the eradication of poverty in all its forms and everywhere in the world through the contribution to the economic empowerment of women. And that, in order to reduce inequalities between the two sexes and improve women’s income.
Each his own gifts
One week of training is more than enough to enable these women to acquire the necessary knowledge and hone their skills. ” The training period seems short. But, from the first day, we give a theoretical idea of the job we are striving for, and then we immediately start practicing. I noticed that Yemenis are shrewd and quickly adopt production techniques. Several of them attended training courses in other places, more or less related to the field of crafts “Comments Nosha Yehia, who hand-draws drawings on fabrics from which bags, pillows, dresses or scarves are made. She says that the participants on the fifth day of the training made significant progress compared to the first day. ” And although a meter of a bag of fabric costs 38 LE, and the tubes for dyeing various colors are imported, the cost of production is affordable, which ensures continuity of work with the benefit says Nosha. She adds that Sudanese women know how to hold a brush properly and fill a gap that has remained without deviation, thanks to her knowledge of henna tattooing.
Nour Al-Cham is a 26-year-old Sudanese woman who has a talent for henna tattoos. She chose to start producing canvas bags printed in different colors. ” The National Council of Women gave us a free sewing machine to rely on and continue to do our job. I have already determined the prices of the bags according to the size and number of paint tubes used says Nour Al-Sham. According to the above criteria, prices vary between 150 and 300 LE This young girl has already attended courses through the WhatsApp group of immigrant women. The country, alone, lives alone, cannot expand the circle of its acquaintances. She relies on her neighbors, Sudanese and Eritreans who live in the same building where she lives in Haram, to be able to sell their belongings.
learn to sell
The National Council of Women and UN Women invite these women to exhibit their production at exhibitions Dyarna i Turathna or participate in exhibitions held on the sidelines of conferences. ” These exhibitions allowed us to learn how to communicate with customers, convince them and notice their reactions. Which helps us determine their preferences and tastes and do our best to please them. says No, a Jordanian who makes chocolates. He hopes to create his own brand – personalized and creative chocolates – and later open a boutique. But she is waiting for more orders to increase her income and have good capital to open a business.
But if some manage to sell their products thanks to knowledge, others hope that after learning, a mechanism will be established that will allow them to expand their business. ” For the existence of an electronic marketing page on a social communication network, it is necessary to pay 2,000 LE at the beginning for its creation, and it is our responsibility to specify the places we target, type of clientele, segment of years and other factors to be able to sell our production and continue with the production of our items “, Says Lisa, a Yemeni woman who draws and paints on fabrics. He lives in Choubra and has trouble selling goods. Merchants in his area do not buy handicrafts because they think they are expensive.
To continue to design, make models and sell them, Mona, a Sudanese, proposes to create a company or any other entity capable of buying printed items, bags or other items and then reselling them. This could guarantee the stability of his income and enable him to continue producing his models in calmer conditions. In addition, the National Council of Women provides marketing courses for students to learn how to market and sell their products.