Amazing women award
Ikram, head of the Conseil International des femmes Entrepreneurs association in Zaghouan

Ikram, head of the Conseil International des femmes Entrepreneurs association in Zaghouan

"Help women in my region"

 
My name is Ikram, and I’m 34. I was born in northern Tunisia, in Zaghouan. I grew up there, and still live there with my family. Most women here make a living by producing home-made pastries and selling "Kaak warka," the famous local cake.

My activity

When I was little, I wanted to be like those women, who have preserved and passed down their techniques. Now I want to stay on that path by helping them produce and sell their products while preserving their ancestral techniques. So I created a store to sell their cakes to a wider public, and it’s been a success in Tunisia! It’s also a social business, since 5 women work with me full-time on it.

My dream

Ultimately, my dream is to turn my little business into a real industry, without sacrificing the products’ authenticity I would like to export "Kaak warka" worldwide, and for these women’s expertise to be recognised. With the Amazing Women Award picks grant, I will be able to invest in equipment to modernise production. My main aim in developing the business is to help these women who have given me so much!