A Libyan fashion and textile company was awarded the Young Local Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean Award 2019 on 27 February. The award was handed over at the plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) held in the Spanish city of Seville, where 100 local and regional leaders gathered to discuss how to foster youth entrepreneurship, empower women, improve governance, strengthen city-to-city cooperation and manage migration.
The award was given to Zimni Jdeed, a fashion and textile company based in Tripoli that is re-fashioning traditional clothing with great success. The young entrepreneur Najway Altahir Mohammed Shukri and her brother Ali launched the company three years ago. They now employ six seamstresses, offering a decent working environment for women.
The first edition of the ARLEM Prize received 24 applications from nine countries.