First Woman Plumber In Egypt Is Taking Down The Competition

Seham el-Moghazi used to be a bank employee but her current occupation dubbed her as the first woman plumber to be found in Egypt.

She received her vocational diploma back in 1972 and after which, she was employed in one of the largest banks in Egypt as a staff in the account department. Seven years later, she met her husband and they were eventually blessed with three kids – a son named Basem and two daughters named Bardis and Basant.

Moghazi, also commonly referred to as Om Basem, decided to leave her job and be a stay at home mother. It was 14 years later that her husband left her because of another woman.

This is the time she struggled the most, not just emotionally but also financially since no one will support them. It was then that she decided it was time for her to learn a profession. She started with designing but after a few months felt that it was not for her. She then works as a manicurist at a salon. It was all good until the manager fired her because clients are asking her to do home service.

She tried many other jobs after that but what she is earning is not enough for their daily needs. She learned about nongovernment organization providing free training courses. During that time, only the training for plumbing is available and the organizers are worried that the profession might not be suitable for her as a woman.

She did not mind and was accepted as the first woman to enroll the plumbing course. It took her a year and a half to finish the training which involves theoretical and practical lessons. She came out as top of their class after the training was over.

Om Basem shared how her children were not able to accept the fact that she is working as a plumber at the beginning but they warmed up to the idea after they saw that their neighbors are always asking for their mom’s help. It was then that she was able to provide for her family and raise their standard of loving. In terms of women plumbers, Bristol also has them and it is not a taboo as in the case of Om Basem.