With over 18% of unemployment rate in Jordan and poor employment opportunities, there is a real need for job creation, especially for young people, with nearly one-third unemployed.
Our aim through Waqf funding was to empower seven young Jordanian men in the most vulnerable villages, to support them to set up and run their own barbershop businesses. This creates job opportunities for them by giving them training and developing their skills and establishing and equipping barbershops to enable them runing their own business. The project not only empowers the young men themselves, but also generates income to help support their
families. It also benefits the people living in the areas, giving them the opportunity to access professional hairdressing services.
Jameel, 28 years old from Northern Badia in Jordan, lives with six members of his family in a small house in a rural area, where there are limited employment opportunities.
For Jameel, the chance to establish his own Waqf-funded the barbershop was like dream come true, and he grabbed the chance to undertake training, gaining the skills he needed to set up his own business. Jameel says working in a barbershop was his childhood dream,
“Since I was a child, I would have loved to work in barbershop, but the nearest one is 12 kilometres away from my town, and I never had the opportunity.”
“I heard about the barbershop project and I applied and had training on it. My dream comes true and now I am very happy that I am serving my town and I am looking forward to expanding this project and serve the neighbouring towns.”
Jameel feels he is not able to not only help his own family but also contribute to his home town. Among his customers are vulnerable children and households who he charges just nominal prices and sometimes even gives haircuts for free.
“I would love to thank the donors for implementing such projects in Al Badia and for giving me the chance to follow my dream.”
Father of eight Ibrahim Al Dabbas is from a village around 80 km away from Amman. He used to work on farms but struggled on the very low income he earned.
Ibrahim explains, “Most people here work either as sheepherders or farmers. I used to work as a daily paid worker on a farm. The amount of money I used to receive was not enough
for 10 family members.”
When he heard about the Waqf-funded support for young men to train and open their own barbershops, he was keen to run one of his own.
“I tried so hard to find better work to manage my family expenses. I know I have the capacity to learn new skills. Once I have heard about the project I visited the local CBO and explain my situation. I was extremely happy to be enrolled on vocational training, where I have learnt hair styling, shaving, colouring, and precision haircutting.”
Ibrahim explains how the project not only benefits him and his family but the whole community.
“The idea of this project was helpful. The nearest barbershop is about 20 km away from here. The location of the barbershop you have established is accessible for all and they already know me very well.”
Ibrahim now plans to expand his business, saying,
“I would like to thank the International Waqf Fund for their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the community. They find a job for me and provide me with a fully-equipped place as well. I will make sure to take my business to next level. I want to open another one only for girls.”
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