This is the intricate craft of ‘Khoos’
It involves weaving palm fronds into bags, boxes, and baskets
Kamela Ahmed first learnt the craft when she was a young child
Location: Fayoum, Egypt
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BUSINESS OWNER, KAMELA AHMED, SAYING:
"My great grandparents did this job, the making of Khoos (bags made out of palm fronds). I learnt it at the age of six. I taught myself and taught my siblings, and I taught my neighbors then I taught the village. Those from the girls who would finish school, would come and learn this. The whole village learnt it and is working with Mrs. Kamela. I learnt it at the age of six, and now I am 67 years old, God almighty."
Ahmed has turned her skill into a business that sustains her entire village
They now export products to Arab and European countries
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHOOS WORKER AND STUDENT OF KAMELA AHMED, SABAH QARNI, SAYING:
"I like this job. We now export and the whole village works in this field. Thank God, it brings good income. I will never stop."