Eri Handcraft: Project for Women
Eri Handcraft is a project dedicated to Eritrean women
For hundreds of years, in the Eritrean countryside, women have been engaged in the production of household handmade utensils, ornaments, crafts for personal and commercial use. women are still engaged in the production of different handicrafts produced using local natural resources, such as cotton, shells, clay, tree branches, to create mats, baskets pots, bracelets and scarves.
The Eri Handcraft project is in a process of establishment by the Ministry of Labor and Welfare (MLSW) to upgrade the traditional Eritrean Crafts, training women on tailoring, basketry, weaving, to provide a wide range of services inside and abroad that caters the know-how of rural women in Eritrea.
Debat Training Center has been established since 1992 under Ministry of Labor and Welfare, set to provide a wide range of services for the needs of all Eritrean women, especially for the most needy rural communities. With the Eri Handcraft project, the Center will become the place to carry out most of the training and mobilization activities in the central area of Asmara and within Zoba Maekel.
The activity of Smile Project will serve to upgrade the Training Centre to cater multipurpose initiative, to provide trainee women with day care center for their children, to provide equipment (such as sewing machines, mannequins, fabrics, buttons, beads, etc.) and make the Center more comfortable. The mission of the project is to make Debat Training Center the largest design craft business developer in Eritrea, providing various technical support services and finding the way of income generation, fopr Eritrean Women having opening national and international markets integrated with technology of today.
The Center will also serve as formal and informal meeting place for women of all ages and fields of interest to meet have discussions on political and economic situations in the country. There is currently a lack of places for women to meet with other groups of women, a place where they can go, outside of the family home and talk about their problems, interests or plans.