Manal Ahmad Mandil
"Forced to flee from my home in Syria due to the country’s crisis, I come from a difficult background but I am grateful as to how far I have come with Ajialouna. My 23-year experience in embroidery has allowed me to be skillful in Arabic calligraphy on anything I set my hands on, from prayer clothes to towels and bed runners. Considering that I currently live in one small room with my husband and two sons, I am uncomfortable with our living conditions. Struggling with poverty for so long has made me lose my self-confidence as well. I am now 37 years old and extremely eager for my family and I to travel and live abroad in hopes of finding a more suitable job for my husband. This would then allow me to focus on improving myself since I would love to learn how to speak English and spread my embroidery talent across the globe."