Jordan’s economy is considered an upper middle-income economy, whose agricultural sector remains an important livelihood source for people living in rural areas. Yet, only 15% of women participate in the labor force. Engaging more women in the labor force is beneficial not only to support all segments of society to reach their full potential but can lead to increased economic growth. In a recent report by the World Bank, it was estimated that an increase of one percentage point among women in the labor force over the next 15 years would lead to 2.5 percent growth by 2035.
From 2014 – 2021, MEDA worked in Jordan and partnered with small and medium-sized enterprises to increase 25,000 women and youth’s access to financial services, market opportunities, and training. MEDA improved the entrepreneurial and business knowledge of women and youth while reducing the barriers they face to creating businesses.
This project is now closed. We are pleased to have enabled women and youth to gain the tools and resources they need to contribute to Jordan’s economic growth.
“I’m not the same Samia from before … After my [business] registration at the end of 2018, I started to feel I’m a different person. I know I can sell, and I have the skills to present my product.”