Libya: How Dina is knitting her way to success

Libya: How Dina is knitting her way to success

They say “knitters ain’t quitters”; and that certainly fits Dina’s defiance towards difficult circumstances
Article 07 March 2023 Libya

Ever since she was a teenager, Dina's passion for knitting burned bright within her. Despite her family's financial struggles and the many obstacles that lay ahead, she refused to let go of her dream. She knew that with her determination and the right opportunity, she could turn her passion into a profession and create a better life for herself and her family.

That opportunity came when she joined Tripoli's Libyan-Korean Business Training Center for Knitting. Here, she found a community of like-minded individuals who shared her passion for the craft and a team of dedicated trainers who helped her develop her skills to the fullest. With the financial support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Libya, Dina was able to create her own home business, bringing her dreams to life.

As she worked tirelessly from her humble abode, Dina felt a sense of pride like never before. She knew that every stitch she made was a step towards a better future, one where she could provide for herself and her family with the craft she loved. Her journey was never easy, but with perseverance and a heart full of passion, she overcame every obstacle and emerged stronger than ever before.

Today, when Dina looks back on her journey, she is filled with a sense of gratitude for the opportunities that led her to where she is now. She knows that her passion for knitting will continue to guide her on her journey, inspiring her to create beautiful works of art and to live a life full of purpose and meaning.

"My family has always struggled to make ends meet, and we have lived hand to mouth for as long as I can remember. The desire to be self-reliant and provide for myself has always burned deep within me, but without a profession, it felt like an unattainable dream. It was then that I discovered the Libyan-Korean Business Training Center for Knitting, and I knew that this was my chance to turn my dream into a reality.” Says Dina calmly, with a smile on her face

She still remembers very well the day she walked through the doors of the training center. She was nervous, yet excited, knowing that this was her first step towards a better future. With each passing day, she poured her heart and soul into developing her knitting skills, determined to become the best she could be.

Since Dina began selling her handmade products, she has found a sense of self-reliance that she never thought possible. With every sale, she feels a sense of pride knowing that her passion for knitting has brought her this far. Even more significantly, her business has become a lifeline for her family, providing a much-needed source of income in uncertain times.

Despite the joy and fulfillment that her business brings her, she still faces a set of difficulties that threaten to undermine her progress. The seasonal nature of her products means that demand wanes in the summer months, and the skyrocketing cost of knitting materials puts a strain on her finances. Worst of all, the dwindling purchasing power of the Libyan people undermines her business and her dreams for the future.

Despite these challenges, she remains undeterred. She continues to create her products at home and dreams of one day opening her own shop. She knows that this will take time, effort, and resources, but she is determined to see her business thrive and flourish over time.

More than anything, Dina’s dreams of using her skills and knowledge to help other women like her. She believes that by teaching them knitting skills and tactics, she can help them secure a constant source of income and become financially self-reliant. This is especially important for women who have lost their breadwinners due to the conflict.

With her heart full of passion and her eyes fixed firmly on the future, Dina knows that anything is possible. She will continue to work hard, dream big, and inspire others to do the same.