Mrs. Mona is adept and passionate about handicrafts with her young daughters, but when they grew up and were busy with their university studies, she felt very lonely and empty, but Aziz's advice helped her overcome this feeling.
Shawa, owner of the Art Table project, said: "My husband advised me to take advantage of my love for handicrafts by setting up a studio for this purpose supervised by trainers to teach women useful things for them, so that they benefit them and me."
Indeed, through her project, which she called "Art Table", Mona succeeded in transforming this corner, which she used to collect with her daughters inside their homes, into an educational art space to which trainers and trainees brought their own corner to make various forms of handicrafts, thus achieving a qualitative leap in the lives of many mothers and girls in Gaza.
Nouran Faraj, a wool trainer, adds: "Through the training, this project allowed me to get to know and make several friends with many trainees, some of whom opened their own business and some of whom joined shops and shops and became producers."
Strawwork trainee Suha al-Majdoulay told Sky News Arabia: "I can only work now to mobilize the passion I have except by going back to my childhood days when my mother taught me straw and embroidery and recommended me to preserve them and pass them on to my children."
Here, women are reviving traditional handicrafts that face challenges to survival, including straw baskets made of palm fronds, beaded fences and necklaces, as well as wool crafts and pendants made with the art of weaving with necklaces known in Gaza as "macrams".
Through the various handicrafts produced by women's hands, this art space provides a valuable opportunity for them to develop themselves, fill their free time, alleviate the pressures of their daily lives, and enable them to find a job and earn a financial income."