Today, Sawsan Issa is trying new recipes that she finds on the internet, such as potato jam and mint syrup, to attract new customers to her small shop, in Sheikh Saad village in rural Tartous.
Sawsan lost her husband 2007, who was the main breadwinner, and found herself responsible for 4 children, the youngest of whom was two years old, and her work as an employee did not cover the needs of her family, so she decided to start a home business.
She says, “I started making simple products like dried peppers and took loans to secure materials, and today I have a shop! And my products vary according to the seasons and reach many governorates such as Damascus, Homs, Latakia, and many others.”
“At first it was not easy and it took a long time for my products to gain a good reputation and become in demand, but what I have reached today is worth the effort, as I am able to provide for my children’s requirements after I had to get help from others to cover their needs,” says Sawsan.
The #SyrianArabRedCrescent grant made a huge difference to the project, which provided kitchen equipment that increased the work capability and speed, and was able to meet the demands of more clients. Today, she is trying to make new recipes, she continued.
The grant was received in September 2022 and is supported by the @ICRC.