Turning trash into art
These Jordanian women are using old leaves
that would otherwise be burned after harvest
and turning them into paper
to create unique works of art
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRESIDENT OF IRAQ AL AMIR WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE, YUSRA AL ABBADI, SAYING:
"The project benefits farmers and the environment. Instead of the farmers burning these plants, we buy them from them, and this supports them while also protecting the environment from pollution. We create unique papers unlike any others in the Middle East, we produce a variety of sizes including A4, A2 and A3. After we complete these papers we can shape them into cards, bags or albums."
// They chop, dry, and submerge the paper //
before placing it into different sized molds
The process helps the environment
and provides a source of income
for the women and the local farmers
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PARTICIPANT IN PROJECT, FATTHIA AL MHYRAT, SAYING:
"Thank God, this is a good idea, there are no job opportunities, but here at the co-operative, there are jobs. The project is great, and I'm enjoying working on a handicraft project. The women and I all enjoy this work."