The initiative, titled ‘Bar Aman’, will sponsor around 42,000 fishermen in the country.
The Tahya Misr Fund is allocating EGP 50 million to better the livelihoods of Egypt’s small-scale fishermen. This new venture will address health and hazard risks of their profession, and provide them with fishing gear, soft loans, and the repair of dilapidated boats. The initiative, titled ‘Bar Aman’, will sponsor around 42,000 fishermen in the country.
The initiative is divided into four phases split according to the bodies of fresh water where fisherman work: the lakes of El Rayan, Edku, Mariout and Manzala, followed by Burullus, Marra and Timsah, then all lakes extending from the Nile River, and finally Lake Nasser and Lake Bardawil.
In similar spirit, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Ministry of Agriculture have started accounting for informal fishermen working in the sector by setting up a database for owners of motorized sailboats and small boats for fishers.