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  Basim Al-Ma`ani: Starting Life Again
By `Atif Daghlas - - 2008-03-29

Basim Al-Ma`ani sat on the balcony of his house in Nablus looking up at the sky that was so dark, as the stars completely disappeared. He remembered the wonderful twenty years which he spent in Jordan with his family before the days of sadness that began when his father died and his family returned to Nablus. Basim touched the faces of his two brothers who were sleeping beside him. He became the householder who had to take care of them and continue what his late father had started until they completed their studies. Basim did not sleep that night and many questions came to his mind, "What should I do? Where will I work? Who will employ me when I have no experience?"

In the morning, he decided to go to Al-Safa Factory for Dairy Products, as he had heard from some of his relatives that there were many job opportunities there. It is worth mentioning that the profits of this factory are directed to help the poor, the handicapped, and students.

Basim said, "It is now three years since I went to the factory to ask for a job. I found great willingness from those who were in charge of the factory. In fact, the factory began to support me from the first day I started working there. They gave me a loan of 630 dinars (1 dinar equals nearly 1.5 dollars) with no interest for the first three months of work, so I could pay for my young brother to join the Faculty of Economics and Commerce in Al-Nagah University in Nablus. With Allah's grace, I managed to pay the monthly installments of the loan, and when I failed to pay one of the installments, the factory postponed the payment to the following month. However, when my brothers joined the university a new problem arose: my salary was not sufficient and the economic burdens became huge. When I discussed this matter with the administration of the factory, they offered a job to one of my brothers to work during the night shift. The people in the administration of the factory deal with us as if they are responsible for us socially and economically; they solve our problems and provide us with all means of comfort."

Al-Safa Factory from the outside

"Furthermore, when I asked for a loan of 3,000 dinars to contribute to the expenses of my marriage, the factory gave me the loan with no interest. Now, I am paying the installments of this loan from my monthly salary," Basim added.

Basim who thought that life had closed all ways before him after the death of his father asserted that Al-Safa Factory saved him and many others from being the victims of loss and despair.

It is worth mentioning that the factory is mainly supported by Zakah Committee of Nablus and some Islamic and Arabic charitable societies, especially the Union of Good Institution.

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