Libyan architect Seham Saleh makes drawings to sell through the internet at the LEAP women's business incubator launched by Jusoor Center for Studies and Development in Tripoli, Libya June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Yosri al-Jamal
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When inflation began eating into her state-paid salary Libyan architect and assistant professor Seham Saleh started selling drawings over the internet to help pay the bills. She joins a growing number of Libyan women launching startups in the conservative Arab country, where many still think a woman's place is in the home but where the strains on personal and family income following years of political chaos have forced women to look for more work."I cannot live on my assistant professor salary of 1,000 dinars [$256] even if it is paid out," Saleh said. She has been selling drawings of people in Libyan dress or book marks she created on a computer.Some Libyan commercial laws go back to the early '60s and are aimed at big corporations such as oil firms, not startups.
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