“Profit is not our biggest challenge,” she added, “it is rather the sustainability in securing job opportunities for women in our village by reaching new markets in Lebanon. This exhibition offered such an opportunity.”
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established the souk in 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs with the support of the UK within the framework of the Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme – LHSP. Today, the souk remains vibrant and active, hosting numerous exhibitions and fairs annually. The last exhibition included about 25 associations and cooperatives from various fields and specialties.
Ms. Layla Khodr, one of the exhibition organizers, noted: “this Souk is vital; it is visited by people not only from Aakkar, but also from the surrounding areas. It offers new professionals and craft-makers the opportunity to market their products directly to consumers.”