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  1. Egyptian social enterprise addresses gender equality at its roots

    15 May 2017 11:15 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

    Co-operative, Sekem, uses impact investing to support rural farming communities and provide education for smallholders, with a focus on gender parity

    Carpentry lessons open to local women at Oikocredit partner, SEKEM, Egypt.  Photograph: Oikocredit

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  2. Creating sustainable farming communities in the Egyptian desert

    8 March 2017 07:00 - by Archie Pearson, Monica Middleton - 0 comments

     From desert land, to shop, to a jolly good cup of organic, herbal tea

     Chamomile lawn, Egypt. Photography, SEKEM

    Over the decades, much of the previously lush, fertile land surrounding the River Nile has been destroyed by urban expansion or overtaken by desert tundra.  The small canals which feed into the Nile overflow with rubbish and sewage, damaging the local ecosystem and irrigation of small parcels of land used by smallholder farmers.  For local communities who have lived off the land for centuries, this renders the environment unhealthy and the soil useless for generating subsistence crops or a modest income.

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