Thirty-two-year-old Sumaya Al-rantesy a sewing and embroidery specialist who is one of the nearly 200 women working in groups at the facility, or, who work from home to keep up with demand for embroidered products, whether it is shawls, bags or bookmarks. It takes about two days to complete one purse, beginning to end. Sumaya began work while she was a student at the school and now has 15 years of experience on her resume. Her income helps supports her extended family, along with her sister. Sumaya says that it “feels good” to be able to hold a beautiful product that she's made with her own two hands. “It makes me happy,” she says. Gaza's isolation makes economic life difficult; extended families stick together. “The aim of this program is to raise the living of people in Gaza, particularly women who help to economically support their families. All of the families are very poor,” says Ibrihim Almuhtady, head of the crafts unit.