Madeeha Hasan Odhaib: #32 among TIME Magazine’s 2008 Top 100 People in the World

Posted on May 7, 2008


By Queen Rania
It’s not every day that success stories echo out of Iraq into the halls of power, but Madeeha Hasan Odhaib defies the norm. Armed with her sewing machine, unflinching stoicism and determination, Madeeha, 37, is mending the fabric of Iraq.

Four years ago, this mother of two and seamstress turned district council member took three sewing machines, leveraged them into 60 and built a business sewing hospital sheets and flags. She now employs 100 women. That figure may seem insignificant compared with the accomplishments of other achievers on TIME’s list. But in a country with more than 60% unemployment and rampant poverty, such efforts provide a lifeline. [more]

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