Halima Al Houjairi, a resident of Arsal, is keeping the carpet weaving tradition alive in the town of Arsal which has around 35 000 sheep. She is leading Al-Mouna Rural Association, an organization that seeks to revive this ancient craft, preserve the local culture, use the wool to help the local economy, and provide employment to women.
The workshop is fully equipped and functional but the women cannot work in the winter because it is too cold and humid. Arsal is above 1500 m altitude and winter temperatures can go down to zero degree Celsius. Halima is asking for funds to install a heating system so that women can work during the cold weather. Her project contributes to three sustainable development goals (SDGs): No poverty, Gender equality, and Decent work and economic growth.
Many families gain their primary income through this town-based craft which also supports the herders, wool producers, and women working on carpet weaving.
You can also purchase a unique handwoven rug to support this tradition by contacting the organization at +961 3 110802