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THE PHYSICIAN AND THE MATHEMATICIAN: THE PEOPLE BEHIND BARKA
Salem Bouzid, the Physician

The history of Barka begins more than 30 years ago in the bustling dusty Tunis suburb of Ariana with three brothers and a jewelry shop. Then a second jewelry shop, and a third. And, soon enough, five.It also begins with passion. The passion of Salem Bouzid, one of the brothers.

His mother had pawned her own jewels to put him through medical school, and he never forgot it. He has always been committed to making the same level of sacrifice in providing for his own family.A man of his word, the company founder is completely invested in his trade. He has progressed prodigiously in the world of Tunisian silver- and goldsmiths and has woven strong relationships with some of the country’s best artisans.

Monia Bouzid, the Mathematician

But early on Salem’s path crossed that of a kind and patient woman who would also become integral to the development of the BarkaStore. A woman with a gift for numbers who would discover a passion for silver working, Monia Bouzid learned the jewelry trade on the job.

A woman with a gift for numbers who would discover a passion for silverworking, Monia Bouzid learned the jewelry trade on the job.She works closely with clients and manages a diverse team of artisans and experts in the arts of filigree, namli, and amber. For over a decade, Monia has endeavored to develop the Barka brand and protect the heritage of traditional Tunisian jewelry.