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International Women’s Day, 2020: Made in Gaza- A hobby turns into a lifeline

While other artisans can travel, participate in fairs and get inspired by new ideas – Dima Sha’sha’ah, 30, is an unemployed accountant who was forced to come up with an alternative source...
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International Women’s Day, 2020: Made in Gaza- A hobby turns into a lifeline

While other artisans can travel, participate in fairs and get inspired by new ideas – Dima Sha’sha’ah, 30, is an unemployed accountant who was forced to come up with an alternative source of income, and has had to make do with sharing her handiwork on Facebook. Her brother, Hamdi, is in the same boat.

She once thought she would work as an accountant. After a frustrating and fruitless job hunt for a relevant position in her field, she decided to seek out an alternative way to make a living. Dima decided to put her drawing skills to use: first she drew on glass, and then she moved on to painting on pottery. Her work is now well known throughout the Gaza Strip. A popular Facebook page and occasional sales helped spread the word. Dima offers handmade decorative pieces, made in Gaza.