Jordan

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH IN THE JORDAN VALLEY

Jordan Valley Links

2016 - 2021

In the Jordan Valley, entrepreneurs in general have poor and limited access to markets, business development services, and finance; these constraints are particularly exacerbated for women and youth. In addition, societal and cultural perceptions towards women’s and youth’s work and their role in entrepreneurship are neither encouraging nor favorable. As a result, promising entrepreneurs are not able to bring their good ideas to fruition or to develop job-creating businesses at a time of heightened economic fragility in Jordan. Entrepreneurship, innovation and risk-taking among women and youth are hindered by the lack of support, infrastructure, and cultural restrictions.

Overview

Goal

To increase the contribution by Jordanian women and youth to Jordan’s economic growth. This will be done by improving entrepreneurial and business acumen of women and youth and by reducing barriers to entry (market and societal/cultural) for enterprise development.

Reach

25,000 women and youth

Funder

Global Affairs Canada

Programming Areas

Access to Finance

Food Processing

Community Based Tourism

Clean Technology

Media

Qalsoom’s Kitchen – A women entrepreneur emerges as a role model in Um Qais

Al Harra Fogga Café – A budding youth-led enterprise Supporting Saleh to grow his new business
Biscuits Baked with the Flavour of Hope – Local entrepreneur Anwar Al Shwayat
Intelligent Blooming – Wijdan operates a nursery, where she sells plants, flowers and an array of herbs

Connect With Jordan Valley Links

Funder

Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.