- Title: Five girls give the accessories business a Palestinian twist
- Date: 1st April 2021
- Summary: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (MARCH 27, 2021) (REUTERS) FIVE GIRLS, MANAGING FACEBOOK PAGE 'MOLTY ACCESSORIES' TO MAKE ACCESSORIES FROM BEADS AND SELL THEM , MAKING ACCESSORIES TWINS GHINA AND GHAZAL ABDEEN, MAKING ACCESSORIES VARIOUS OF CELINE AND VALERIE ABDEEN MAKING NECKLACES BEADS AND SILVER IN PLASTIC BOX (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 12-YEAR-OLD MAKING ACCESSORIES, CELINE HASSUNEH, SAYING: "When the quarantine lockdown started, we were bored, we used to visit each other and we didn't have things to do. So we thought about this idea. A project that can make us have an idea about business when we grow up." VARIOUS OF MOTHER OF CELINE AND VALERIE, MAHA ABU ALIA, HELPING HER DAUGHTER VALERIE TO MAKE ACCESSORY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 8 YEAR-OLD VALERIE HASSUNEH, SAYING: "I am so happy when we do this job, we also earn money." GIRLS MAKING ACCESSORIES VARIOUS OF TWINS GHINA AND GHAZAL ABDEEN, MAKING ACCESSORIES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL MAKING ACCESSORIES, GHAZAL ABDEEN, SAYING: "We started the page and we posted pictures of our products, so people started to follow the page. When we used to post that we are going to have a booth at LACASA mall, so many people used to come specially for us." GIRLS WALKING OUT OF ROOM GIRLS PLAYING WITH AMAL, YOUNGEST SISTER FOR CELINE AND VALERIE, WHO HAS NICKNAME 'MOLTY', AS THEY NAMED PAGE AFTER HER MOTHER OF GHAZAL AND GHINA , NOURA HIRBAWI, HELPING GIRLS TO MAKE CAKE GIRLS PREPARING TO MAKE CAKE MOTHER OF CELINE AND VALERIE, MAHA ABU ALIA, HELPING GIRLS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOTHER OF CELINE AND VALERIE, MAHA ABU ALIA, SAYING: "This project encouraged our daughters to have a competition between them, a positive competition, they compete who wants to make things better but we could control so there won't be problems or jealous between them." VARIOUS OF GIRLS PLAYING WITH A BALL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL MAKING ACCESSORIES, ELANA HASSUNEH, SAYING: "I had old beads and I used to make accessories, when we started the project then I started to make more accessories." RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (MARCH 27, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE OF GIRLS WHILE PLAYING IN GARDEN RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (MARCH 28, 2021) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING NEAR LACASA MALL, WHERE FIVE GIRLS SELL THEIR PRODUCTS WOMAN BUYING FROM GIRLS, SHOWING NECKLACE THAT SHE BOUGHT FOR HER GRANDDAUGHTER GHINA ABDEEN LOOKING ON GHINA CHECKING BRACELET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 12-YEAR-OLD MAKING ACCESSORIES, GHINA ABDEEN, SAYING: "(With) the money we earn, we buy the things that we need and also we buy beads and other things that we need to make the accessories." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS CHECKING ACCESSORIES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CUSTOMER, MARIAM ZEID, SAYING: "I encourage them because they have ideas and they are creative at this age. I hope they will start to teach their skills to others, because these small things need special techniques." MOTHER OF GHINA AND GHAZAL, NOURA HIRBAWI, HELPING GIRLS TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOTHER OF GHINA AND GHAZAL, NOURA HIRBAWI, SAYING: "To be honest, my girls were so shy, with this project and by being at bazaars to sell their products, their personality was developed. They started to know how to speak with people, they are not shy any more." GIRLS SELLING ACCESSORIES AT BOOTH INSIDE MALL VARIOUS OF GHAZAL ABDEEN SHOWING HANDMADE BRACELETS GIRLS AT BOOTH
- Embargoed: 15th April 2021 09:17
- Keywords: COVID 19 Palestinian accessories children lockdown
- Location: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- City: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Health/Medicine,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001E6OY9G5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: It's never too young to start a business for five Palestinian girls aged between eight to twelve who decide to launch their handmade accessories business in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit their hometown in Ramallah and lockdown forced them to stay at home.
The five young girls wanted to learn the basics of business and saw the lockdown in the West Bank as the perfect opportunity to start learning young.
"When the quarantine lockdown started, we were bored, we used to visit each other and we didn't have things to do. So we thought about this idea, a project to have an idea about business when we grow up," said 12 year old Celine Hassuneh.
Their workshop is their bedrooms and the five friends launched their Facebook page called 'Molty Accessories' where they make handmade accessories and sell them for their online clients.
"We started the page and we posted pictures of our products, so people started to follow the page. When we used to post that we are going to have a booth at LACASA mall, many people used to come especially for us," explained the 12-year-old, Ghazal Abdeen.
Mothers of the young entrepreneurs were happy to see their girls' small business grow, not only did they learn how to start a business but they also developed more confidence, they said.
(Production: Yosri al-Jamal, Adel Abu Nehmeh, Raneen Sawafta, Roleen Tafakji)
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