NORTH & EAST SYRIA: Female-entrepreneurs only vegetable market opens doors in Amuda

AMUDA, Syria – The Women’s Economic Committee in Amuda opened a vegetable market with only female entrepreneurs and staff. The market is called Vegetable Market and has ten booths where women entrepreneurs and staff sell vegetables, food, and detergents. Two administrators of the Women’s Economic Committee supervise the selling process. The vegetables are produced at the Women’s Economic Committees orchards and farms. Food and detergents come from the Dam Sal factory located in Darbasiyah.

The Vegetable Market in Amuda, Gozarto (al-Jazeera) Region of the Democratic Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria, came about in part to ease the economic burden on the population after the crazy recent rise in (food) prices.  Besides the female entrepreneurship, the market is characterized by low prices compared to other markets. Market Manager Jodi Younis said on the opening of the vegetable market that the market aims to “reduce the financial burden on the people in light of the high prices and traders’ monopoly by selling at lower prices than other markets.” Prices at the market will remain fixed and will not be affected by the appreciation or depreciation of the USD exchange rate.

In addition, the project aims to provide employment opportunities for more women as the number of women vendors is aimed to increase in the coming days to 20.