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Minya lies within the Nile Valley and Delta eco-zone. Located to the south of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile river, it has often been called the “Bride of Upper Egypt” by Egyptians due to its vital location as a link between the north and south of Egypt. The city is rich with culture and traditions deeply rooted in its ancient Egyptian history. In fact its very name, Minya, is derived from its pharaonic name “Men’at Khufu” which means the nursing city of Khufu. The area is rich in archaeological sites. Amarna is an extensive Egyptian site thatMinya
represents the remains of the capital city newly established and built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late Eighteenth Dynasty, and abandoned shortly after his death. Beni Hasan is an Ancient Egyptian cemetery site. It is located approximately 20 kilometers to the south of modern-day Minya in the region known as Middle Egypt, the area between Asyut and Memphis.
Minya’s environment, and its presence between two mountain ranges, has created a culture built around the fertility of its land. Agricultural production has historically been one of the main sources of livelihood for its residents and has included the planting of sugar canes and high quality Egyptian cotton. Today, agricultural industries continue to employ a large number of the residents within a number of government enterprises.
The palm tree is a prominent feature of the local landscape. Farmers make use of almost every part of the palm tree for food, furniture, as well as crafts. Markaz works with a local NGO from Sharmookh in Minya. The Sharmookh NGO works with local residents to produce traditional crafts used in products such as baskets and laundry bags which are then marketed and sold by Markaz.