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11 2018
Halfa: The beautiful dangerous weed of hope

Yamna just got back from her hunt on Chanbi Mountain, 40 miles from the city of Kasserine in Tunisia. Now her whole house is filled with halfa, and she can’t wait to start braiding the grasses into baskets that will travel all…

10 2018
Three Election Campaigns and a Tunisian Woman

I am an entrepreneur; entrepreneurship is gender blind and it is a simple formula; you just work as hard as you can, sacrifice all you can, and after a lot of time you get lucky, and if you can persist…

03 2016
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FROM THE MIDDLE AGES

Thanks to volunteering with MedinaPedia, a project launched by Carthagina & ASM Tunis to upload historical information about the Medina of Tunis onto Wikipedia, I have discovered that the Medina contains 28 Madrasas (schools which were built to educate civil servants). Some…

10 2016
THE MEDINA’S WORLD OF ARTS AND CRAFTS

Once upon a time, the artisans of the Medina of Tunis were the masters of trade and commerce. Five words were used, to describe the entire urban commercial system which regulated the Medina’s artisans and their trade.

The “Orf”, is…

18 2016
THE CHECHIA; A LITTLE RED HAT WITH A GLOBAL BRAND

When visiting Souk el-Chaouachia in the Medina of Tunis, you find yourself passing by the little workshops of Chaouachi (Chechia artisans), where you can observe them, in their working overalls, busily working, brushing, ironing, checking the finishing or counting Chechias.…

10 2016
HOW TO: RESTORE AN OLD HOME INTO A BUSINESS

After my modest entrepreneurial adventure of restoring an old home into a boutique hotel, all I see are opportunities for more adventures at almost every corner of the oldest part of our beloved capital, the Medina. I am not a…

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