When women get divorced or widowed, they usually have a very hard time getting through with all the expenses. Raising their children becomes very difficult and often they fail to provide them and their own selves with the necessary things.
In Egypt, in an effort to help the divorced women and widows, the Ministry of Agriculture decided to allocate two new villages. The foundation for the project was laid in 1998 and it is still operational.
The village’s name is Al Samaha located in the city of Edfu, 120 kilometers from the city of Aswan and it is an all-women village.
Currently, 303 women live in the village and no man is allowed to enter the village. The women stay with their children and if any woman get married then she has to leave the village.
If they want to meet any of their male relatives, they need to go out of the village to see them. Adult male relatives are not allowed to enter the village.
The women earn through the agricultural land allocated to them which allows them to raise poultry and livestock. Each family (women and children only) is allotted a house and a six-acre plot.
The house is single-story and is funded by the government so that the women can pay them back in easy installments.
Apart from this, the women are also granted various short-term loans. The furniture and agricultural equipment are provided by the project founders. They are also allowed to grow any type of crop that they please, except sugarcane.
Having no men around the village offers an environment that is safe for the women who are helpless, which is why it has been preferred.
These women deserve all the respect because of the way they are willing to work and carry on even after such tragedies in life.
With this project, these women no longer need to depend on anyone to raise their children and live their life respectably.