Fatima Khalifa

Director, Alsama Studio

I have a dream that in a few years time Alsama Studio will be a successful international company.

Born in Jaulan, Syria, she fled to Lebanon in 2012

Fatimah is the oldest child of six girls and five boys. Her mother married at age 12 and gave birth to Fatimah when she was 15. She insisted that her daughter be married at 16. Despite having three small sons, Fatimah finished her school education and then opened up her own beauty salon which she ran for 10 years until the war broke out. When she arrived in the Borj Al- Berajneh camp, she succumbed to a deep depression. She hated her new home. It had no electricity and no natural light. And she didn’t have enough money to send her three sons to school. Then a friend told her about a local needle-art workshop where Fatimah became a trainee artisan in 2014.  In December 2019 she set up her own workshop, employing 15 needle artisans. In March 2020 she joined forces with Alsama and is now running the Alsama Studio as her own franchise.

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