Water tanks made of fiberglass are resistant to high humidity and hence are popular in the coastal areas.

Fiber glass use in Yemen

Published on 17 November 2008 by Ali Saeed

Fiberglass, also known as glass fiber, is a material made from very thin threads of glass. It has the virtue of a good weight to strength ratio, rust resistance, and ability to be molded in a wide variety of ways. Used as a reinforcing agent for many plastic products, the resulting material, known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) is commonly, although erroneously, also referred to as 'fiberglass'.

Mansour Muqbil, 40, has been using this machine to sand stone for 15 years. He also handles machines to drill holes and decorate stone, but does not use protection to do so. “When you have experience, you don’t need it,” he says.

Yemeni workers unaware of their rights

Published on 25 October 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazy

Five dollars a day for some people is a good wage as they can’t find anything better. Their need allows the employer to pay them less, and most of the time there are no contracts.

Most handicrafts are made by the male members of the family, because they are done in shops in the market place such as goldsmiths and pottery. However, women are heavily involved in making baskets and textiles, which are manufactured mainly at home.

Reinventing the handicrafts industry of Yemen

Published on 4 November 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Many Yemeni traditional handcrafts are gradually being forgotten and replaced with modern equipment. A Yemeni government agency has just made a breakthrough, saving tens of handicrafts that were on the brink of extinction and bringing a new source of income for many poor families.

In Yemen, laborers are seen as unimportant people, “although the most brilliant projects here were achieved by them.” In other countries, workers or laborers are appreciated as effective and productive people.

Poor workers' compensation insurance in dangerous jobs

Published on 19 April 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi

According to the Yemeni Social Insurance Law, “The rights of injured workers include: medical care, compensation of temporary disability, compensation or pension in the case of constant disability, and pension in the case of death.”

Honey is one of the main exports of Yemen. The Hadramout honey business alone is worth YR 2.25 billion riyals (USD11.3 million) and represents 26 percent of total honey production of Yemen.

Fate of the bee season in Hadramout

Published on 17 November 2008 by Majed Saleh Ba-Amran

Scores of medical studies have found that honey boasts regenerative and healing properties, in addition to its cosmetic and aphrodisiac qualities. However, honey production in Hadramout is under threat after floods destroyed thousands of beehives in the southeast regions.

Smoke billows from a brick oven where they are slowly fired to ensure a strong, solid brick.

Bricks, Yemen’s sustainable building material

Published on 19 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli

Since ancient times, Yemenis have been making bricks to build their homes, mosques and palaces. Many of these buildings continue to bear testament to the brick’s durability and the uniqueness of a profession untouched by technology.Bricks are blocks of clay that have been hardened through being fired in an oven or dried in the sun.

The price of gold

Published on 4 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki

Internationally, gold prices first began to rise in December 2008 in the aftermath of the world economic crisis, as investors sought refuge in a stable and reliable financial instrument in an international market reeling from instability. 

Yemen’s exchange rate is closely tied to oil exports and foreign development assistance, both of which are threatened and could result in a steep rise on the current rate of YR215 to the dollar.

The future of Yemeni Rial

Published on 15 January 2015 by Jeremy Hodge

Since the country’s uprising in 2011, Yemen has been embroiled in constant political turmoil that has bred intense economic unrest.

Managing a shop makes Lena Ahmed financially independent and helps to support her family, but she also thinks there is more at stake. “I don’t just want to change myself, I want to help improve my entire society.”  (Photo by Khalid Al-Karimi)

Defying the expected: Yemeni women in the formal economy

Published on 1 January 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi

Walking into Queens Shop, Lena Ahmed, 34, can be found sitting at the storefront awaiting customers. Not wearing the face-covering niqab, it becomes clear she is a Yemeni woman. There are passersby who might object to it, but Lena, who is originally from Taiz, says she is proud to be managing a business on her own. When she accepted the position four months ago, her family was hesitant. “I don’t feel like I am doing anything wrong, though. I am convinced that not every tradition or custom is right,” she said.

Discussion session held by ROWAD with young entrepreneurs.

To build an entrepreneurship ecosystem in Yemen

Published on 18 December 2014 by Adeeb Qasem

Ever since the 2011 uprising, Yemen’s political process has taken priority over all other aspects of development. This seems unreasonable, given that Yemen’s shattered economy constitutes a key challenge to citizens and policy-makers alike.