So for those of you who have been with us from the start, you ROCK! And for our new readers and followers, a huge welcome to our blog. Finjaan literally translates into ‘cup’ in the Arabic language, but a finjaan is a cup that is used specifically for coffee.
To us, nothing beats waking up in the morning to a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee is more than just a morning drink; it’s the smell, the memories, the childhood, the return to what once was. It is the touch, the taste, the mornings with him, or the smile she gave you over the rim of her finjaan.
Every cup of coffee is distinctly different from another, which is why every story is different, and the root of all compassion is to learn of their stories, in order to appreciate how they come together to shape them into who they are.
The same way we leave a shadow behind us when we walk, our coffee leaves dregs behind. Legend has it that the dregs map out our future, telling stories. We too have our own dregs, our motivations, histories, our own challenges and inspirations.
Finjaan is an online cafe that welcomes women with roots in the MENA region to share their world, to celebrate their accomplishments and to take charge of the microcosms of their communities to leave their finger prints on the wider world.
But who are we?
Finjaan is run by three friends who bonded over a trip to the Middle East. All three of us are Arabs living in the West, on a quest to find the meaning of home and to find a sense of belonging. One of us is a photojournalist, one of us a writer and one of us works as an aid worker.
Our passions combined saw us trying to find a way to document the lives of those also searching to find home and to detail their journey. We wanted to bring into the limelight the accomplishments of women who are sometimes forgotten in society. We want to remind the world that the Arab woman is a warrior, a fierce changer of society, a soft and caring asset to every community she touches.
How will we do this?
Through your contributions and our own, we aim to capture your stories through all forms of media. Why is your home such a beautiful one? Is your studio where you change the world? Does your kitchen change lives and bring people together?
We want to hear from YOU.
How can I get in touch?
You can get through to us through all our social media handles (Facebook is a personal fave!) Alternatively you can get through to us through our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us to change the world, one story at a time.