King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Nesma Holding celebrated the opening of an embroidery center in Thuwal under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.
The Thuwal Embroidery Center is the result of the strategic partnership and mutual collaboration between the two entities, which aims to create opportunities for women in the area.
“At KAUST, we are committed to giving back to Thuwal by enhancing the lives of the local community. We strive to contribute to creating job opportunities and empowering the women of Thuwal. The Thuwal Embroidery Center is a living example of how our strategic partnerships and social responsibility go hand in hand,” said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.
The project aims to serve and enhance the standard of living in Thuwal and the neighboring villages, as part of KAUST and Nesma Holding’s commitment to social responsibility.
“We’re delighted that the agreement signed by Nesma and KAUST has become a reality and that 50 women from Thuwal and neighboring villages can now reap the benefits of meaningful employment,” said Noura Saleh Alturki, vice president, Nesma Holding.
The center will be run by 50 female employees. They are specialists in sewing and embroidery, in addition to management, storage and logistics and will be able to develop their skills while being supported with transport, childcare and education assistance. The center will produce polo shirts, uniforms and custom-made designed embroidery for KAUST and other corporate and individual clients.
“One of the best ways to improve local economies is to empower people. The Thuwal Embroidery Center in a primary example of KAUST’s many efforts to support our neighbors and drive economic growth,” said Dr. Najah Al-Ashry, senior associate to the president of KAUST for strategic national advancement.