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Khan has worked for the same family for nine years, and of all her various daily tasks she feels most at home in the kitchen, she said.That's exactly what Khan is doing now through Souk al-Tayeb's "Bounties of Domestic Workers" program, the organization's latest empowerment project in partnership with the International Labor Organization to provide opportunities to women from the country's underprivileged communities through food.On Saturday, Khan and her stand mate, Eugenie Glokpon, a middle-aged domestic worker from Benin, sold tidy packaged lunches: vegetarian noodles, beef biryani with rice and vegetarian sambousek from Bangladesh and couscous a la Benin, jeweled with white raisins and topped with chicken and vegetable soup. Khan and Glokpon are two of the program's 15 women who come in pairs to Souk al-Tayeb and highlight a handful of homemade dishes each week.Aside from cooking in Lebanese homes, the women participating in this program have no professional background in food preparation, said Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk al-Tayeb.Couscous and tomato soup, for example, is no everyday food in Benin.
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