The Association for the Improvement of Women's Status, Lakia

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    Categories of Activities:
  • Empowerment
  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Social Action
  • Tourism
  • International Friendship

The Association for the Improvement of the Status of Women works to empower Bedouin women & children through the improvement of their economic & social status & the advancement of education for children & youth.

AIWS (better known as Desert Embroidery) was created in the 1980s by a group of young Bedouin women in Lakia who wanted to improve life for women & children in their community. Granted non-profit status in 1996, Desert Embroidery was the first Bedouin women's organization in the Negev. Desert Embroidery, our flagship project, preserves traditional embroidery skills & has trained over 160 women to date. The women receive materials for free, work at home & are paid for their finished work. Desert Embroidery runs a Visitors Center & Store where beautiful handmade pillows, handbags, wall hangings & clothing are sold. We host visitor groups from all over the world. Our Mobile Library project provides books to over 1500 children in Lakia & surrounding villages that have no public libraries. We believe in the importance of encouraging the love of reading in children at an early age. We also run youth leadership & educational projects for the good of the Bedouin community.

Certificate of Good Standing
(Nihul Takin)
Financial Report (last tax year)   
Certificate of Financial Accounting
(Ishur Nihul Pinkasei Chesbonot)
Annual Report (last tax year) - Hebrew   
Certificate of tax-deductibility at source (Ishur Nikui Mas b'Makor)   
Annual Report (last tax year) - English   
Classification as non-profit organization (Sivug Malcar)   
Anticipated Budget (this coming year) - Hebrew   
Non-standard articles of incorporation
(Takanon Meuchad)
Anticipated Budget (this coming year) - English