Samar said the business has helped many women learn how to depend on themselves in their community. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Manal is one of 13 women running a catering service from Burj-al-Barajneh camp – a 67-year-old enclave first established to shelter Palestinians displaced during the creation of Israel. Supported by Al-Fanar and the Woman's Program Association, their business has offered dignified employment to a handful of women who are trying to overcome the obstacles that Palestinians face in Lebanon. Mariam Shaar, a social worker with the Woman's Program Association, said that the idea for the catering service was born after U.N. Relief and Works Agency collected the results of an assessment that the agency had conducted two years ago.Samar, another cook with the catering service, said that the business has helped many women learn how to depend on themselves in their community.Mariam further noted that some of the women working in their catering business were young widows who have been forced to tend to their families, alone.
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