Rural Women Become Communities' Biggest Success Stories
4th April 2014
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Women in Jordan's rural areas face many challenges in achieving financial viability – cultural restrictions on women working far from home, limited transportation and financial resources, and a lack of work opportunities leave many families barely scraping by financially. A program administered by the Community Development Program and funded by Medair, a Swiss humanitarian aid agency that helps vulnerable populations around the world, aimed to combat rural poverty. Over 90 women in Mafraq and Irbid were trained in business skills and granted funds to develop or expand their ideas into thriving micro-businesses such as olive oil soap workshops, supermarkets, and nurseries. Another 19 women were given sewing machines which allowed them to start micro-businesses at home, lifting their entire families out of poverty.