Jordan is thought to have welcomed more than 658,000 people fleeing violence in neighbouring Syria. Public services are struggling to cope, unemployment is high and vital humanitarian funding is critically short. As a result, many refugees and poor Jordanians alike are forced to rely on humanitarian aid to meet even their most basic needs.
A project funded by Islamic Relief Waqf is making sure 200 Syrian and Jordanian women can become financially self-su±cient and are able to provide for themselves and their families.
The women are receiving vocational training in cooking and tailoring, as well as business management and marketing know-how that will help them build successful small enterprises. The project also teaches vital life skills such as communication. Crucially, Syrian and Jordanian women attend classes together, helping break down barriers to social cohesion. On graduating from the course, each participant also receives equipment with which to kick-start their business.
Since her husband died, Rema Qasqas, 38, has relied on charity and the little she has been able to earn as an occasional caterer. Before the project, she sometimes had to ask her local supermarket
for credit so that she could feed her family.
“I feel more confident and satisfied selling my home-made products. Customers are happy with my food, appreciate my products and recommend me to others.”
Focused on enabling women to generate an income of their own both now and in the years ahead, the Islamic Relief scheme is being delivered by our partner Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council.
“Supporting my four children is my purpose in life,” she said. “Now, I have a big opportunity to expand my cooking skills and increase my family income.”
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