19 Nov
It’s time for social entrepreneurship to flourish again in Tunisia (WES Blog)

Tunisia’s 2011 revolution brought many economic challenges, due in part to the country’s heavy dependency on foreign trade and investments, which slowed down as the world watched the country adjust to its new post-revolution reality. The revolution also brought many civil society opportunities, as activists...

03 Nov
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 of these have...

03 Oct
The weavers’ exploration in Abu-Dhabi’s Western Region -UNESCO 2010-

This document outlines the initial findings and achievements of a pilot project aimed at Emirati heritage revival via micro-entrepreneurial development of women as home-based weavers in the Western region of Abu-Dhabi. The project was initiated by the Khalifa fund for Enterprise Development in partnership with...

10 Apr
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 a collection of dos & don’ts...

18 Mar
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. At first, one might assume...

10 Mar
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 historian, but after pursuing a...

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