ST MARY ABBOTT’S CENTRE, VICARAGE GATE, KENSINGTON, LONDON W8 4HN
WEDNESDAY 28TH 6 – 9PM, THURSDAY 10 – 8PM, FRIDAY 10 – 5 PM.
All of the stall holders at The Hand Sale are either small independent designers, makers or travellers who collect.
This year the Sultan Foundation will have a stall, selling beautiful leather work made by women of the City of the Dead, Cairo.
The Sultan Qaitbey district of Old Cairo, commonly known as the ‘City of the Dead’, is a low-income area afflicted with poor education, sanitation and health services. Female unemployment is one of the most pressing issues facing the community. Additionally, the cultural heritage of the area, comprising important historical buildings, is at risk.
The Sultan Foundation supports the social development of the district and preserves its cultural heritage. A recent initiative called MISHKA funded by Alfanar, a venture philanthropy organisation, is training women in leatherwork and thus providing them with the opportunity to make and sell leather accessories. The women have received training in design and manufacturing from UK leather designer, Bill Amberg.
Income generated from the sales pays for costs of running the training and provides income to the women to help pay for medical needs and education for their children. To date, 40 women have been trained and 20 more will be trained in the coming months. MISHKA in Arabic is a lantern and by choosing to purchase items on the stand at the Hand Sale you will help provide the women with a transformative source of income.