Project: Income generation for women after Covid-19
Partner: Branches of Mercy and
Manshia Bani Hassan
Budget: 666,667 EUR
Women bring tremendous strengths to a country’s economic development, but they often face barriers to employment that include lack of vocational training and gender discrimination. The Vocational Training project targets unemployed Jordanian women living in rural areas by providing them with job skills and mentorship in opening their own businesses or finding employment. In 2022, 382 women received three months of training in one of the following: operating a home-based daycare, providing elderly care services in a nursing home, and using household waste for composting. In addition to earning an improved income, the women are now able to support the entire community by providing much-needed services.
Salma completed a college degree in physical education but struggled to find work. At 35 years old, she wanted something meaningful to fill her time and contribute to her household’s finances, and she found it when she learned about a training course on composting. VHI selected her to participate in the training, and she found immense satisfaction in being able to turn household waste into a valuable agricultural resource. In addition to earning an income through composting, Salma now works as a trainer for the next generation of women entrepreneurs.