Programming Areas

ACCESS TO FINANCE

A Savings and Loan Group (SLG) is a group of people that save together in a safe, convenient, and flexible way. They are selected, owned, managed, and operated by the members based on internal regulations set by the group, using a simple and transparent method for the group to accumulate and convert small amounts of cash into savings. The group’s savings can be lent to members as credit. SLGs are low cost and require only facilitation staff and a small operating budget. These groups are self-replicating, community- led and  sustainable.

Goal

To increase access to finance by providing simple savings and loan facilities in communities that do not have enough access to formal financial services.

Reach

The intervention targeted 10,000 clients through the formation of 500 SLGs

Partners

  • Jordan River Foundation
  • National Association for Family Empowerment

Locations

  • Irbid
  • Ajloun
  • Karak
  • Balqa
  • Jerash

What are the Benefits?

Local partners used their expertise in community mobilization and their network of community-based organizations across the Jordan valley to ensure that SLG efforts are sustainable and deliver impact for communities. Benefits of SLGs include:

  • Inclusion: A simple passbook that was used to ensure groups with limited literacy and numeracy skills can join.
  • Security: Items are maintained in a lock-box, which is safeguarded by the group box-keeper between meetings.
  • Democracy: The closing balance of the loan fund is counted, announced, remembered by all members, and noted at the end of each meeting.

FOOD PROCESSING

Food processing is an important agricultural activity in the Jordan valley, and one where women significantly contribute. However, the majority of women who are processing food products require a significant amount of support to improve their business and incomes. As a result, their operations are smaller in scale.

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, MEDA supported Women and Youth Entrepreneurs (WYEs) by providing production development to improve existing production systems and develop new ones, and market access to facilitate improved access for WYEs to end markets (consumer, local community, SMEs, etc.).

Goal

To support micro, small, and medium enterprises led by WYEs to enter the food processing value chain and become strong economic actors.

Reach

The intervention targeted 5,700 WYEs in the Jordan Valley

 

Partners

  • Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development “JOHUD”
  • Environmental Laboratory
  • SARH International

Locations

  • Irbid
  • Karak
  • Balqa

What are the Benefits?

Through this project, WYEs:

  • Tapped into new markets and generated their own income.
  • Gained significant environmental benefits by adopting energy efficient technologies and processes.
  • Became more independent by adapting more flexible work hours.

COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM

Community-based tourism (CBT) is becoming a growing trend worldwide in which local community residents manage tourism sites and offer unique services and experiences for tourists to explore their traditions, ways of life, and cultural identity.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada, MEDA developed a CBT program with the local community and the tourism sector. This program is focused on empowering women and youth to be the hosts for tourists in their villages. The program’s aim is to create a sustainable tourism model in the targeted areas to stimulate economic growth and protect cultural heritage and natural resources.

Goal

To promote CBT by developing the entrepreneurial and business skills of women and youth and reducing barriers to entry for enterprise development.

Reach

The tourism component aimed to reach 4,000 clients through capacity strengthening, enterprise development, and awareness.

Partners

  • The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
  • Baraka for Sustainable Tourism Development

Locations

  • Ajloun
  • Jerash
  • Irbid
  • Wadi Araba

What are the Benefits?

The tourism component focuses on providing economic opportunities by:

  • Building and strengthening the capabilities of women and youth in tourism entrepreneurship.
  • Empowering women and youth and motivating them to enter the tourism market in their area.
  • Supporting women and youth in developing and maintaining their tourism activities.
  • Developing and maintaining their tourism product while improving service standards and quality.
  • Increasing and sustaining women and youth’s income from tourism activities.

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY

Clean technology (CT) is any process, product or service that minimizes harm to the environment. Its purpose is to make business procedures more energy efficient and less wasteful. In Jordan, the energy sector is making progress toward increasing renewable energy use by developing the necessary legal framework and increasing the share of renewable energy by 10% and energy efficiency by 20% in 2020.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada, MEDA will promote CT solutions, strengthen the capacity of women and youth entrepreneurs (WYEs), provide support to create businesses in CT, and provide financial solutions to help businesses grow in the food processing, community-based tourism and clean technology sectors. 

Goal

To promote and increase awareness about clean technology businesses in the Jordan Valley. 

Reach

The CT component aims to reach 20,000 women and youth with awareness and create 500 CT businesses. 

Partners

  • National Energy Research Center
  • Green Tech
  • Future Pioneers

Locations

  • Irbid
  • Balqa
  • Karak

What are the Benefits?

Through the partnerships, the project will strengthen the capacity of WYEs to create businesses in maintaining and installing PV systems and in composting. At the same time, the partners will work to find financial solutions for WYEs using the saving and loans group concept to facilitate their access to finance and support them in growing their businesses.

Field assessments identified three challenges that CT businesses face:

  • Lack of a required skillset
  • Lack of awareness
  • Lack of financial capital