Sandy Lyen is a 20-something artisan woodworker and entrepreneur from Beirut, Lebanon. Like many young, educated Lebanese women today, Sandy is creating new and innovative opportunities for self-employment by tapping into Lebanon’s growing market for locally-made artisanal goods. As a member and partial owner of a Beirut-based artisan cooperative, Sandy has access to a shared studio space and collectively-owned equipment. Through specialized relationships with urban retail outlets, Sandy and the other cooperative members can take their products directly to consumers and expand their professional networks by hosting public events and open-house exhibitions in one of Lebanon’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods.
Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade
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