KHF Outreach
Fostering Financial Independence Among Jordan's Poor
10th March 2014

The Community Development Program's (CDP) Poverty Pockets Empowerment Program equips Jordan's rural and poor with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and increase their quality of life. Funded by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, CDP manages seven of the program's geographical areas by helping families create income-generating projects, renovating or creating local infrastructure, and building the capacity of local organizations. This quarter, the CDP staff has been exploring poverty pockets near Amman, Aqaba, and Irbid to reach out and train new families and CBOs, assisting over 200 poor families across the seven poverty pockets that were each surviving on less than 60 JD per adult.

One individual, Rakan, was able to bounce back from severe illness and subsequent unemployment to starting his own grocery store, where is now making 20-30 JD per day. Other families underwent training to create their own blacksmith workshops, veterinary clinics, industrial tool rental services, and other pioneering microenterprises.

One of the major goals of the Poverty Pockets Empowerment Program is to ensure that the businesses supported by the program are financially sustainable in the long term. Twelve community-based organizations began income generating services this quarter with micro-projects lacking in their respective communities such as a tennis center, an ice making workshop, a filtration station, and a preschool. Likewise, seven industrious community-based organizations were given revolving loan funds using an Islamic lending approach which is heavily subsidized to reward high-achieving organizations' entrepreneurial spirit and encourage the creation of other services that benefit Jordan's poorest communities 

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