Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global in cooperation with Misr El Kheir foundation has funded a project to release debt women prisoners while ensuring their reunification with their families and the community as a whole. The project provided support to prisoners before and after their release.

Before their release the project established close collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, the Attorney General and his staff in order to facilitate the release of detainees as well as allowing the foundation to provide vocational skills training and working opportunities for prisoners such as the establishment of handmade textile-manufacturing factory in Minya prison where prisoners are able to earn income for themselves and their families during the time of their sentence.

The after-release services included the provision of financial support for prisoners to start-up micro enterprises or have been placed in a hand-made carpet factory established by Misr El Kheir in Apis, Alexandria employing more than 220 ex-prisoners. The selection of hand-made carpets and textile factories aimed at reviving the Egyptian crafts industry. The project has adopted the principles of social entrepreneurship and innovative partnership.

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