KHF Outreach
Noor Al Hussein Foundation Celebrates Ten Years of Innovation through Women Business Development Incubator in Jordan
16th December 2012
 
 

MEDIA ADVISORY: On Tuesday, December 18, 2012 the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NFH) will host a celebration under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor at Sports City at 12:00pm in the Al Hussein Youth City – Amman Hall - to commemorate ten years of empowering women through socioeconomic development as funding for the Women Business Development Incubator initiative is ending.

For more than 30 years, the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s WAGE Program:  Women and Girls Empowerment – Securing the Future, has been providing women with the knowledge and skills needed to expand their economic opportunities, build assets, and improve entire families’ standards of living. 

In 2002 the NHF, in cooperation with the Italian NGO AIDOS and with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), established a model Women Business Development Incubator (WBDI) in northern Jordan to promote female entrepreneurship. 

The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan, also extended support to the activities of the WBDI for one year, enabling 60 women entrepreneurs to benefit from several technical and training cycles.

The project, which was co-funded by the European Union in 2009, has expanded its capacity over the past three years by providing unique and comprehensive business development services to women-owned businesses. 

Since 2009 more than 500 women have attended entrepreneurship awareness sessions and 200 women have received technical assistance in business management, finance and marketing.

As a result of these efforts, 46 new businesses have been established while 44 existing businesses have received business development services.  In addition 132 full-time and part-time jobs have been created by the WBDI in diverse fields including handicrafts, olive oil soap, and a ladies’ gym.

The WBDI has helped to increase family income and empower women, changing their lives and the lives of their children.  Results measured by an independent consultant show that more than half of the beneficiaries said their income had increase between 10-30% after receiving WBDI services.
Women beneficiaries also reported that 39% of their household income is mainly generated by their businesses…the women also indicated that 22% of their household income is purely derived from their businesses.
Therefore the Noor Al Hussein Foundation believes this model should be scaled up and replicated across Jordan and the region.

Join us in meeting these women and learning about their achievements during our celebration event Tuesday.  There will be a panel discussion with WBDI supported beneficiaries and an exhibition where the women will exhibit some of their products.

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