Women's E—mall and Bazaar Participants Stories as received

Story #1

Elham Zeadat is a Jordanian Chemical Engineer. She is the CEO and founder of Bloom Dead Sea Gift Enterprise, which was established in 1993. Numerous experiments with natural resources from the Dead Sea led Elham to creating her own formula for exfoliating and refreshing products, such as hand and face treatment and foot reflexology creams. Today, Bloom Dead Sea Gifts exports 162 products to 42 countries. You can find Bloom items at high-end hotels and part of luxurious gift sets.

Story #2

Nevin Munther Ibrahim Al-Salati lives in the governorate of Balqa. Her project revolves around the production of artisanal handicrafts. Using traditional methods to recycle, embroider, and create wax figures, Nevin has bought the past into her work and is able to generate her own income through this skillset. Before this project, the future looked dim for Nevim, who graduated from university and couldn’t find a job. The lack of employment options encouraged her to start her own business, which has flourished thanks to her dedication and eye for detail.

Story #3

Wissam Ahmed Al-Khudari lives in Aqaba with her five children. A widow, Wissam was determined not to let her unfortunate circumstances shape her life. She began cooking in her kitchen, even though she graduated with a pharmaceutical diploma, and has since received rave reviews for her work.  Her specialty is ka’ak, which is an Arabic type of cake. She’s also well known for making excellent ghee from scratch and any type of Gulf cuisine.

Story #4

Maryam Mohammad Taleb Saeed Abdullah calls Tabarbour home. Maryam is gathering popularity and acknowledgement for being the most talented doll maker in her area. She loves learning and applying new thread techniques to every doll she makes because each time something different comes out, making each one unique. There is the challenge of gathering raw materials to make the toys, but Maryam is confident her situation will change once she gets more orders.

 

Story #5

Helen Issa Marji used to be an art teacher in Irbid. After retiring, Helen founded  Al Yanbou’ Charity Association because it was her dream to help other women reach their potential and create their own destiny. This charity supports unfortunate women financially, psychologically, and socially through various courses that target the many problems and challenges they face on a daily basis. One of the beneficiaries, Hiam Marji, learned how to make home accessories. Another one, Victoria Al-Nammari, was taught how to make soap to support her ill daughter, and last but not least, Siham Jawarneh is a villager turned artist, thanks to Al Yanbou’; she now knows how to weave straw and bamboo to make outstanding jewelry.

Story #6

Safaa Mohammad Khalaf Al-Hamoud, resident of Mahis, has been making the best maqdoos, pickles, jams, baked goods, and pastries for the past 13 years. These items are made fresh every day whenever someone places an order. She got the idea to start her own kitchen and sell her delicacies due to the tough economic  conditions she was living in, which wasn’t going to change unless she did something about it herself.

Story #7

Fatima Himeidan lives in Jerash and makes apple vinegar using a natural and chemical-free approach. For 20 years, Fatima has been producing vinegar, zaatar (thyme), and sumac from her household. She received a quality control certificate in 2010 from the Royal Society and has kept up that excellent standard ever since. There are five family members counting on Fatima’s income; their well-being and health is what drives Fatima to work harder and stronger.

Story #8

Raeda is from Irbid, she owns a kitchen that produces popular and healthy food. In addition to serving the country’s favorite dish, mansaf, she also makes the perfect fermented yogurt ( Jameed ) to serve alongside it. Raeda also reintroduced classic dishes that most locals have long forgotten about such as cha’cheel, rashtayeh, makmoora, and Arabic pastries and chocolates. She hopes to reach a wide audience so everyone can enjoy the delicacies of Jordanian cuisine.

Story #9

Fatima Al Shibeeti is a resident of Amman Al Hashimi. She graduated with a diploma in business administration and tried to find a job in that field. Unfortunately, she couldn’t and times were getting harder. Fatima discovered that she had a knack for sewing and started learning how to use the industrial machines to mass-produce. From that point, she got herself a certificate from the Ministry of Labor so she could do her job correctly and professionally. After making enough money doing small jobs, Fatima had enough money to buy her own sewing machine and started taking projects from home. Her work is fortunately generating enough income to support her husband and his two children.

Story #10

Ensaf Sameh Fawaz Khasawneh lives in Irbid and makes delicious food for a living. One of her specialties is maftool, a bulgur dish that keeps her customers coming back for more. Her kitchen produces pickles, jams, baked goods, pastries, and local zaatar (thyme). This successful business has been running for 14 years, which originally started due to lack of funds and hard financial times for Ensaf and her family of seven, three of which are college students. Ensaf challenged herself and made it possible to supply customers with quality goods from her home that they couldn’t get anywhere else. She’s always looking to set herself apart and has acquired a license to carry out this type of work for as long as she likes. 

Story #11

Reem Saud Al Shibli lives in Mahis and is the sole breadwinner for her five children. Her business is selling handicrafts that she’s made herself. Reem uses wool and the Jordanian prints, red and white, to create her products. Reem first got into this business as a hobby until she realized she could take this talent further and officially start a business. She prides her work approach on being clean, organized, and tidy.


Story #12


Amneh Ibrahim Othman Al Wardat is from a small village in  Ramtha. Her business is one that includes the most traditional production methods in Jordan. From crocheting to making candles and soaps, Amneh’s goal is to provide for her family by utilizing her strengths and talents. In addition to supporting herself and her household, Amneh was adamant to find other girls that needed her help and give them the push they needed to generate their own income as well. She taught other women in her area the basics of making handicrafts, which gave them the confidence to start selling their own pieces.

Story #13

Rita is a resident of Jandaweel; her business is the art of accessory making and sewing. 20 years ago, Rita found herself in an unfortunate situation; while her husband did have a job, he wouldn’t provide her with a regular allowance to get house items or personal purchases she needed. She realized she would have to take charge herself so she started working on her own and selling the items she was making. Surviving cancer and debt made her stronger and more determined to chase her dreams.

Story #14

Kholoud Yassin Abdel Halim Abu Baker is an artist in Madaba. Inspired by the natural stone mosaics in Madaba, Kholoud started using these prints to turn them into paintings, drawings, table and mirror patterns, medals, and decorated boxes. Through this creative and unique process, Kholoud’s business began to flourish and succeed. Kholoud began training others in need, including the deaf and mute communities, on how to create these patterns so they could end up selling their own  products and make a living. Her work has been requested by many establishments around Jordan, such as a hospital in Irbid , a hotel in Madaba, and the Taiwan embassy in Jordan.

Story #15

Nisreen Hani Haddad lives in Amman and is highly accomplished at making skin and hair products. Her brand, NisaLisa, aims to help men and women treat their facial, skin, and hair problems with natural oils. A divorcee with a daughter to take care of as well as an elderly father, Nisreen has taken the time and effort to create a successful business that could generate enough income for the entire household. The idea for oil care came about when Nisreen’s hair got burnt at a local salon; while treating it, Nisreen thought of sharing this remedy with the world, and thus, NisaLisa was born. After getting her products licensed and checked by the proper authorities, her brand soon became popular with anyone suffering from skin and hair problems.

Story #16

Fatima Mohammad Al Zghoul, also known as Um Riyad, is from Ajloun. A mother of three college boys, Fatima has always wanted to start a business that would be able to support and sustain herself and her family. She toyed with the idea of making natural organic food to sell to Jordanians in the capital.  She soon realized this business idea could have a profound effect on her entire community, so she shared her idea and encouraged many women, single and married, to partake in the project. Soon, several home cooks began participating in  bazaars and exhibitions following Fatima’s example, and reaching a wide range of customers in Amman. Some of her products include: sumac, zaatar (thyme), local herbs, jams, dairy products, and natural soaps.

Story #17

Ola Kanaan Mohammad is an accomplished soap maker in Zarqa. When she couldn’t find a job within her town, ever after she registered in multiple workshops and courses, she decided to start her own project. In addition to making soaps from natural and organic ingredients, Ola also produces medicinal and moisturizing creams for the face and skin. She uses the freshest olive oil in the market to make her products  from her home in Zarqa and she produces based on the orders she receives.

Story #18

Taif Mahmoud Al Khateeb is married with three  children, a boy and two girls. Her homebased business produces soaps made from natural resources that don’t have any added chemicals. This is Taif’s pride and joy to be able to provide for her family from her own talents.

Story #19

Karima Awad Saleh Al Qasem has spent 13 years making apple cider vinegar, herbs, dates, makdous  with olive oil, apricot jams with nuts, shatta with walnuts , pomegranate molasses, date molasses, Arabian cookies, and soap made from olive oil with herbs. All her products have been cleared for reselling by the Royal Academy for Sciences and all her ingredients are locally grown.

This business was established when Karima left her previous home of Iraq and there weren’t any job opportunities for her or her husband. Karima sets herself apart from other food-based businesses by keeping her recipes healthy and without any chemical additives. There was a lot of trial and error before success came, but Karima is grateful for all her experiences. She’s even inspired over 20 women to start their own projects from home as well through providing them with various training courses

Story #20

Meyassar Abu Salha began her accessory making business over 15 years ago when she was left to support herself after her father’s passing. Meyassar creates oriental and traditional accessories made of olive  beads and wooden embroidery from her own home in Jabal Al Hussein.

Story #21

Sarah Abed Al Fattah Mahmoud Rawajfeh lives in  Tafileh and works with beaded handmade accessories and embroidery. Sarah got the idea to start this business because it’s been her hobby since childhood. Not wanting to waste this talent, Sarah defied all odds and procured several pieces of raw material to make and sell her first pieces. She hopes her project will generate a steady income that would allow her to  provide her mother with the medical treatment she needs. , 

Story #22

Hamdeh Kareem Al Tawaheyeh lives in the province of Al Jafar, Maan and is enrolled in the Al Jafar Women  Association and is a part of the General Federation of Jordanian Women. Her life work revolves around making handmade ceramic crafts from natural wood. Hamdeh also uses natural wool to make rugs, pillows, and other household accessories. Another aspect to her business is selling embroidered work and sewing all types of clothes.

Story #23

Nadeen Nicola   Mseeh used to be an employee for 11 years at a company. A hard and dedicated worker, Nadeen looked for other opportunities when the company closed down. She joined the Jordanian Women Union and was inspired by fellow women in the union to start her own business. Nadeen’s always had a passion for handcrafts and making candles, so she started making them from home and got motivated to sell them to the masses. Thanks to Nadeen’s productivity and talent, the business is growing successfully.

Story #24

Hanan Subhi Odeh is part of the Hema Balqa Women Charity Association in the governorate of As Salt. Passionate about creating work that reflects the Jordanian heritage, Hanan designs and makes clothes for young men and women that are easy to wear and are made from cotton and lycra. There are 6 people working alongside her in this project, including several Syrian workers who have brought their own unique talent to the business.

Story #25

Asmaa Mustafa lives with her four children and husband in the province of Jerash. She’s always wanted to be part of a business or project that would generate income for herself. One day, Asmaa discovered an association   close by and introduced herself to the manager, who informed her about their many workshops and lectures that teach and drive women to join the workforce. Finding herself there, Asmaa began her project of making Makdous , olives, pickles, and several other local favorites from her own kitchen. Thanks to Jerash’s abundant amount of olive trees and oil, the products from Asmaa’s kitchen are organic and natural. She received many compliments  for her clean kitchen and quality work. Asmaa contributed to her daughter’s college tuition and is currently helping out the second daughter in continuing her education. Asmaa has participated in several training workshops and sold her products in different festivals and bazaars, after she obtained the Homebased business certificate for her production kitchen, in addition to the FDA certificate. 

Story #26

Hadeel Fahed Ibrahim Al Subaihiis a certified international trainer for handcrafts. Living in Tabarbour , Hadeel has been in this field for 20 years. She started off with arranging flowers and making straw baskets for her friends and neighbors. Hadeel  joined an association that specializes in handicrafts, to be able to market her products, Hadeel finally began to see growth and prosperity in her business. She uses natural, environmentally friendly, and recyclable material that capture the Jordanian identity to make chairs, baskets, plates, and dishes. Using banana and palm leaves, straw, and a local plant called halfa to make her products, Hadeel has turned into a leader in her field among her community. She’s been able to start the Hadeel Training and Employment Initiative that serves to equip women from the local community with the skills they need  to start their own projects. Hadeel also started an initiative to  train and employ   people with special needs,which was inspired by her son who has down syndrome since  she  feels there’s a shortage of centers that cater to helping that part of the community.

Story #27

Nuha Suleiman

Nuha Suleiman Ali Al Smadi’s story began when she was 17 years old. Living in Ajloun with her family of 5, Nuha has always been interested in Turkish crochet ever since she read a book about it 32 years ago. She became interested in the materials, technique, and nature of Turkish crochet and was eager to try it out herself. Nuha looks up to her mother, who is her biggest supporter and has always encouraged her in all that she does. Nuha wanted to realize her dream of running a successful business, so she continued working after she got married and expanded the work to include cooking, sewing, and making crafts with wool and beads.

Story #28

Maysoon Hussein Al Qawasmi lives in the neighborhood of Shmeisani in Amman. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture with a focus on nutrition and food processing. She wanted to connect her education with her artistic side, so she went into the business of flower arrangements with her partner Heba Issa Khatatbeh. She’s been involved in this business for 20 years and sells her arrangements at art fairs in Jordan and Dubai, with the dream of starting an e-commerce side to the project.

Story #29

Nihad Ibrahim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz  lives in Al Balqa with her husband and eight children. She started her embroidery project by using traditional prints and designs  to produce clothes, mirrors, and household utensils. Her products are marketed through relatives and neighbors. Nihad went into this field because of her love for embroidery and to be a productive member of society.

Story #30

Lubna Adnan Al Qadi migrated to Jordan as a refugee. With no jobs available in the Ramtha camp, she set out to create a business for herself. Luckily, there was crochet training available for the women of the camps and Lubna took advantage of these classes to learn as much as she could about crochet. From that point, she started her own line of accessories, clothes, bed linens, and dresses for little girls. Along with 8 other women who didn’t have a source of income themselves to support their families, this organization grew and prospered. Today, they sell their goods at markets but are hoping for more marketing to increase their sales.

Story #31

Abeer Akel Hamdam lives with her family in Zarqa. She turned her hobby of making accessories and handcrafts into a profitable business. Abeer works to provide for her sister, her ill father, and his wife. Her father’s health condition has stopped him from being able to work and generate an income for the family. Abeer helped get her siblings through school, and they’ve now graduated and are making a successful living for themselves. She hopes to keep expanding her business and reaching a wider audience to buy her accessories and homemade products.

Story #32

Nihaya Saleh Abed Tafish is a trainer of handicrafts and accessories. From making soaps, candles, and adornments, Nihaya loves what she does and wants to share this skill with women and young girls around the country. Her goal is to see all her students participate in bazaars and exhibitions to sell their own unique pieces.  

Story #33

Hanan Ibrahim Yassin is a hard-working mother of 6. She lives with her ailing husband who’s suffering from kidney failure. Hanan’s business lies in the production of various handicrafts like crochet, embroidery, and  recycling different materials . Her sister Donia Yaseen works with her creating unique accessories. Hanan has a son and daughter in university, so her income goes to helping them continue their education.

Story #34

Fidda Salameh Abu Riqanah  lives in Aqaba and is the president of the  Rahma and Qatar Women Society and a member of several  committees that serve the women of the region. Fidda works in both the handcrafts and culinary fields to make her income. She makes products with Jordanian prints, soaps, candles, beaded accessories, and embroidered items. She’s also a talent in the kitchen, making dairy products, jams, shrak bread, date molasses, and pies. She lives with her husband, who’s older than her and unable to work, as well as her children and her husband’s children. Fidda has helped all the kids continue their education so they can rely on themselves for a living. She’s constantly pushing the women in her community to go after their goals and earn an income for their benefit.

Story #35

Firyal Ibrahim Hashlan  lives in Shmeisani, Amman, and has 30 years of experience working with Royal Jordanian airlines. When she retired at 53, Firyal didn’t like the idea of sitting around with nothing to do. She says as long as she is healthy and capable, she’ll keep working. This led her to start her own handcraft line to sell to the communities around her. In addition to making an income, Firyal is constantly helping disabled individuals around her. Through her home business, she is able to make a difference to people’s lives as well as sustain herself, all at the age of 70.

Story #36

Yasmin Majid Yaseen creates beautiful handmade pieces made up from crochet, embroidery, and recycled pieces. Through this income, Yasmin helps make money to cover the rent with her husband to provide her 2 children with a good standard of living. She can also be found volunteering at a training center for young men and women  to learn how to work with their hands to create pieces to sell.

Story #37

Abeer Ibrahim Mustafa Al Dawaideh lives in Tafileh, Jordan. She started learning  knittingtechniques  at a young age, a talent that has stayed with her and formed her livelihood as an adult. She knits clothes, bedspreads, cloths, wool, and crochet. She tries to include distinct features to all her work to make them stand out. Abeer is providing for her family of 5 and is constantly looking for bazaars and exhibitions to display and sell her work.

Story #38

Ruba Daghmash  works with women all around Jordan to train them to be able to support themselves financially. Ruba makes this happen through working with an organization called “The Purity of Life” which combines all homemade artisanal food products  under a brand called Ighmas.

Story #38

Jameela Merdi Al Jazi  is the President of Al Jawharah Association for  women; a place where women can come and learn new skills in order to create their own income. This association helps women develop their skills, gives them marketing tips, and sets them up to be independent and financially secure. Many of these women and their families live below the poverty line, a lot of them are widows , and some can’t get their children through college. It’s associations  like these that give them hope and the tools to turn their lives around. The association  teaches them how to make jameed, margarine, butter, cheese, jams, vinegar, and bread, in addition to growing medical herbs and sewing.

Story #39

Rajaa Amer Badawi  is a widow living in the province of Zarqa. Her project consists of sewing, crochet, and knitting. She runs classes from her home to teach other women this important skillset, so they can run their own home based businesses to generate an income.

Story #40

Salma Kamal Al Mughrabi  is a resident of Amman, Jordan. She started a line of face and skin care products made from olive oil and other natural ingredients. Salma swears by her products and ensures healthy and happy results. She uses only natural, chemical-free elements without sulfate, dyes, or chemicals. The brand “Salma All Natural” is ISO and GMP certified. All proceeds go to a charity called “Royana”, which helps and supports the empowerment of women in the workforce.

Story #41

Yusra Suleiman Al Hasamyeh  is a trainer of ceramics at the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative. This cooperative  celebrates the importance of crafts and adding the Jordanian heritage into their work. The  project employs 15 women and benefits over 40 families from their work in designing and selling handmade pottery, fabrics, food products , carpets, paper products and soaps, In addition to providing Jordanian traditional meals for tourists.

Story #42

Inas Khadr Al Mubaid works in the business of soap production. She lives in Zarqa and has  created different products for  skin problems in the form of glycerin soaps and moisturizing lotions . After the death of her mother, Inas went through a really dark time and eventually started her business in honor of her mother, who was always supporting and encouraging her daughter to start her own business. Through the support  of her brothers, Inas was able to take courses in soap making and received a certificate to create and sell her own soaps.

Story #43

Taghrid Humeidan lives in Irbid with her family of 10. Her husband is ill with cancer and she has 9 daughters, some of which are still in school and others currently in college. Before Taghrid launched her business, the only source of income she and her family relayed on was the aid salary they were receiving. She took a few courses on how to make soap through  the Future Makers Association and the Near East Foundation, which gave her the tools to run

 her project. She was also rewarded a grant of 200 JOD, which allowed her to buy the raw materials and molds she needed. Her product line includes creams, skin ointments, deodorants, and hair products. Using olive oil in the making of the items, Taghrid is ensuring all her products are natural and beneficial to all who use it.

Story #44

Firyal Mahmoud Al Omari lives in the province of Zarqa . She uses the moringa, a local plant, to make tea, capsules, and other products that are beneficial and nutritional to the body. Moringa has a variety of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins in addition to curative properties. Firyal’s goal is to earn a living to support herself and her family of eight. She has two daughters that she’s teaching about the moringa plant to in order for them to take on this business for themselves.

Story #45

Ruba Darwish  works in Tafilah creating s handicrafts. She learned how to embroider and crochet at a young age and her ambition pushed her forward to lead a successful business. Ruba makes all her children’s uniforms at home, as well as pillows, bed sheets, and other household items. In addition to handmade products, Ruba can also make jams, pickles, vinegar, and makdous. She learned most of her new techniques like drawing on glass, calligraphy, and accessory making from different workshops she attended in the capital, Amman. Her husband is retired so she is solely providing for her 5 children.

Story #46

Sawsan Sahbeh’s brand is called “The Flower Products” ; her project started in 2010, since then she’s been producing organic pickles without any preservatives or chemicals. Sawsan is divorced and living with her three daughters. She managed to financially support her girls through school and college using the funds from her business. Sawsan credits many members of society for helping her run a successful business, especially the Royal Society for supporting  her since she established her project.

Story #47

Alaa  Zeid Ghneimat  lives in Irbid. She has a university diploma, Master’s degree, and her own business. The goal behind Alaa’s work is to spread awareness on the beauty of Jordanian heritage and to incorporate it into our home accessories. Alaa’s long-term wish is to own her own gallery someday and to hold courses for women that want to start their own businesses.

Story #48

Asmaa Hassan Al Wishah is from Al Balqa. She is a food engineer by education but couldn’t find the right job opportunity for her skillset. Asmaa then turned to a food making home business to earn a living. She received certificates for the quality of her work and has been supplying major restaurants around Jordan with her goods. Asmaa’s special quality is that she makes traditional food and Western dishes in an oriental way, like her olive oil puree creation. She also makes all kinds of jams, olives, cheese, thyme, yogurt, pickles, and vinegar.

Story #49

Maha Ali Al Hakel  works in fashion and accessories  design inspired by oriental prints and colors,   she uses crochet and embroidery techniques to create her pieces. She has been the only breadwinner in her family since her father passed away. Before the handmade products business, Maha used to work in the computer field.

Story #50

Wisam Ahmad Al Khudra  lives in the province of Aqaba. Wisam makes home-made shoshbarak (Middle Eastern dumplings) and  Arabian cookies, which she decorates by hand. Ever since her husband passed away, Wisam has been the sole earner for her five children.  

Story #51

Islam Ibrahim Al Daoudieh  is working on a project involving drawing on rocks. This is the first business of its kind in the area of Tafilah, which has gained a lot of interest from neighboring provinces. Islam started this business to provide for her family of four and to eventually move out from her in-law’s home and own a place of her own.  In addition to drawing, Islam also creates mosaic work, beaded pieces, and miscellaneous handmade items.

Story #52

Raghda Ali Mufleh Al Momani works in the production of soap that she sells to customers looking for olive oil based products. She makes creams, ointments, hair products, and facemasks which are certified by the Royal Scientific Society . The idea to start this business came to Raghda three years ago when she was looking for a way to contribute to the household expenses and to improve the lives of her children by paying for their education and hobbies.

Story #53

Samer Sameer Freihat  is from the province of Ajloun. He is a sculptor who uses various quality materials for his work. His wife and brothers work together to make unique sculptures using natural materials such as  very tough Ajlouni wood. Samer is the only one in his area who is makes handmade traditional coffee grinders (Mehbash).

Story #54

The Princess Taghrid Institute for Development and Training was established to solve the ongoing struggles faced by orphans and abandoned youth after reaching the age of 18. PTI therefore strives to professionally train and help these young adults, specially girls to unleash their creativity and develop their already existing abilities, as well as find career opportunities that will help them become independent individuals and build a sustainable life. Ne’ma Project was launched in the southern valley, where women were trained on the production of traditional food products, the project includes organizing an annual bazar where women from six governorates get the chance to display and sell their products.

Story #55

Buthaina Hussein Badran  has a kitchen registered with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. This kitchen is called the “Fruits of Tabarbour” and it aims to raise awareness of women and empower them to start their own businesses and earn a living. Buthaina’s kitchen has obtained certificates from HACCP and the Jordan Food and Drug Administration . The project started in 2006 with six women and now employs 25 women who support their families.

Story #56

Intisar Hussein Harb has a project in Madaba that produces decaf coffee from date pits and barelyWhat distinguishes this coffee is that it has plenty of benefits for the body. This business is the first of its kind in Madaba.

Story #57

The Pilot Yazan Arnaki charity cooperative was founded in 2009 in the wake of the tragic incident of the fall of pilot Yazan Arnaki and his martyrdom. The cooperative was established to reach several objectives, among them:

  • To produce high quality Jordanian natural products, such as herbal tea, olive oil soap, and handcrafts
  • Creating new jobs through productive projects
  • Increase students’ education opportunities by providing loans or grants
  • Empowering female heads of households by training and employment
  • Opening an integrated clinic for those in need at low or free prices
  • Care for the elderly
  • Distributing food and clothing to those who need it
  • Work on the development of the community’s culture and health
  • Provide accessible facilities for those with special needs

Story #58

Khawla Abed Al Raheem Bani Mustafa produces yogurt and bread, along with local favorites like Makdous, all kinds of olives, milk, and butter. She is a member of  Beit Khairat Souf Cooperative. Khawla is a widow and mother of 6, one of them is in university and the rest are in school. She’s held this position for 10 years to meet the needs and requirements of her family and to educate her children. Khawla was given courses in making dairy, which she says benefited her a lot.

Story #59

Raeda Nasri Dalqamoni lives in Irbid and owns a kitchen called “Zad & Zewadeh” that produces popular and healthy dishes such as mansaf. She’s also bought back dishes that aren’t usually made these days like roshtai and cha’cheel. Raeda makes the best traditional foods and many tourists have made the trip to see her to try her famous makmoura. The kitchen also makes Arabic sweets like helba and kizha. Many Jordanian and Syrian students learned a lot from this kitchen and can now start their own businesses with this knowledge.

Story #60

Nuha Abed Al Kareem Al Furjat works in  Ma’an governorate. She’s been married for 4 years without any children. Nuha graduated with a diploma in banking but couldn’t find a job in her province. She started making homemade products like makdous, stuffed peppers, and local thyme that she sells; she’s also gotten a certificate on the cleanliness and quality of her work. Her neighbors are supportive, and they purchase her items and Nuha hopes to widen her market and reach more customers over time.

Story #61

Hajar Abdallah Khalil Al Hawamdeh lives in Tafilah. Her project is creating handmade products that she sells to support herself and her three children. What distinguishes Hajar’s products is that they are made from recycled material. Customers can customize their pieces by choosing a design or color. Hajar faces some difficulties in finding  packaging solutions for her products and delivering  them to her customers.

Story #62

Samira Mohammad Al Zahrawi is the President of Al Ramtha Cultural and Crafts Association. She also owns a workshop for embroideries and handicrafts, in addition to recycling products. After she retired from the Ministry of Education, she began training and has since taught over 200 women to make quality products. She also guided them on how to price their products and manage their work efficiently.

Story #63    

Amani Mustafa Ahmad Hammad is the mother of four children with a passion for handmade work. After her husband’s business closed down, she found herself having to help him pay for their household as well as close their debts and put their children through college. This is how her passion turned into a livelihood. She can make beautiful sewing work, decorate trays and bags, and clothes.

Story #64    

Iqbal Mohammed Salama is a resident of Marj Al Hamam. She works on creating unique straw and embroidered accessories. When the demand for these products decreased, Iqbal started to work on food products such as muffins, olives, pickles, and cakes, all homemade by her. Iqbal is thankful for her family of seven, they have been supportive throughout all her endeavours.

Story #65    

Amal Sultan Saleh Na’amneh makes dresses, headcovers, and accessories with the Jordanian print (shmagh). It’s been her childhood hobby making these types of pieces, and ever since her husband passed away, Amal’s hobby turned into her business. She started implementing crocheting and sewing techniques to produce her pieces and earn a living for her seven children. Amal has a diploma in the field of crafts and is now a trainer; she hopes to reach more students and train them in these skills.

Story #66    

Sawsan Ghaleb Al Usta works from home in Rabieh, Amman. Her project highlights the importance of plants and vegetables and how they contribute to overall health. Her products which include a hot sauce, Spicy vegetable salad and different pickles have been tested and approved by the Royal Scientific Society. All she hopes for is the chance to expand her project to be able to support her daughters and raise their standard of living.

Story #67    

Dalal Arab Nassar lives in Northern Marka making handmade beaded accessories. She makes necklaces, bracelets, and rosaries. She started this project after leaving her job in tourism in 2010 when war broke out in different parts of the region and her work was affected. She decided to stay home to raise her son and start her own business to help her husband make a living, as his salary is not enough to sustain their family and put their son through college.

Story #68    

Majd Mazen Mohammad Al Abwa is a graphic designer that makes handmade accessories for a living. What distinguishes her pieces is the high-quality materials she uses and the fact that none of her accessories looks alike. Everything is unique and one of a kind since she started 15 years ago. Majd began marketing through Facebook and Instagram and eventually put her items up for sale at bazaars and exhibitions.

Story #69    

Khitam Bashir Al Nubani lives in Mahis. She didn’t have the opportunity to get an education or train in any particular field. Khitam knew how to work with wool and embroidery, so she took advantage of that knowledge and made a living out of it. She has to help her husband sustain their household as he works as a driver at a private company and doesn’t make enough to support both of them and their three sons. Khitam sells to friends and neighbors and has made enough to send her children to private colleges.

Story #70    

Ibrahim Nasri Salim Awad lives in Arjan. He works in various types of handicrafts, along with his wife and daughters. He is also in business with 22 women, all of whom work from home to produce several types of handmade accessories. Ibrahim would love to make more money to market his project, as it supports numerous families.

Story #71    

Mashhour Musa Sweis lives in Fuheis and works in wooden crafts. He is well-known for his skill in this field since he adds artistic and unique touches to everything he makes. People can request their crafts to be whatever size they like and can specify colors and design if they wish. Mashhour needs this project to make money to support his wife and two daughters. His challenges are not being able to find a space to work in and not reaching a wider audience to buy his pieces.

Story #72    

May Mohammad Al Abidieen lives in Tafilah. She is 36 years old and has her own private delivery kitchen. She and her team prepare local food according to the request of their customers. What distinguishes May’s kitchen is the healthy ingredients she uses in her dishes which she gets from local farms. She wishes to expand her project as she supports herself and her son since her divorce, as well as her medical bills as she suffers from epilepsy.

Story #73    

Um Mutasim is the mother of five sons and a daughter. She has been a member and chairman of Al Badia Ladies Society for seven years. She is involved in a project for aromatic and medicinal plants which was established through the Jordanian Women’s Union. They produce thyme, peppers and small cucumbers which are used to make pickles.

Story #74    

Fatima Harroun is the Vice President of Maan’s Women Union and the Vice President for Al Wadi ladies Association for Social Development. Her projects include making handmade products like handkerchiefs, embroidered dresses, shawls, curtains, and sheets. She also makes homemade local dishes for customers.

Story #75    

Halima Tamimi has a soap making project that also produces candles, she customizes her products based on customers preferences. Halima’s career started with a small salon she established in her area, then she decided to open a tailor shop to serve the women in her community. The soap and candle project was established later on, her dedication, the time and effort she puts into her work shows in the unique pieces she produces.

Story #76    

Fadwa Awad Hassan Al Sukhni lives in Amman and produces medicinal, therapeutic soaps for face and skin care, made from olive oil and natural herbs. After having twin boys and separating from her husband, Fadwa had to work twice as hard to earn a living to support her family. She self-taught herself how to make soap. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s in arts, which gave her the advantage to be creative with the shapes she designs, and she also designs the packages and other marketing materials. Fadwa started with 9 products and has expanded to 22 so far.

Story #77    

Suhair Adnan Kreshan has loved making handcrafts for as long as she could remember. She’s skilled in crochet and embroidery, which she uses to make children’s accessories, home decor, and gifts. After meeting with her old chemistry teacher, Suhair got inspired to start making handmade glycerin soaps using olive oil. It’s been 10 years since she’s gotten into this business and she’s enjoying challenging herself while making a successful living.

Story #78    

Inam Hussni Mahmoud Naser works in the manufacturing of chocolate. She sells it to friends and neighbors.

Story #79    

Nour Atta Faleh Al Samadi works in the field of handcrafts. She works from home and is hoping for more marketing to sell her items. Nour lives in Ajloun and has a good customer base that enjoys her crystal beaded accessories that are distinct and unique.

Story #80    

Manal Ali Ahmad Al Saleh is the mother of five children living in the province of Zarqa. When Manal first took a course in soap making, she loved it right away and saw a future in this field. She used to sell them to her friends until business started to pick up and she started participating in bazaars and exhibitions. Manal’s husband is supportive and appreciates that she is able to contribute to the household expenses.

Story #81    

Raghda Mohyee El Din Reda Darwazeh lives in Marj Al Hammam. Her project is making Nabulsi herbal soaps from home. She’s been working on this for the past few months when she realized she needed to increase her household income and support her family of four.

Story #82    

Mahasen Abdallah Darwish lives in Jubeiha. She started working on handmade accessories until she realized her passion for soap making. The soaps Mahasen makes are the glycerin type and are made from natural herbs and oils and organic fragrances. Her mentor was a woman named Samieh Malas; who taught her everything she needed to know about soap production.

Story #83    

Aseel Jamal Amoura runs a handicraft and homemade gift shop in Irbid.

Story #84    

Diana Sweis lives in Fuheis. Her home-based project is called “Marietta Gift Shop”. She produces handmade items and beautiful artwork. Most of her products which include soaps, candles and customized gifts are made from recycled and environment-friendly materials.  A cancer survivor, if Diana’s life had a title, it would be “nothing is impossible”. She believes in the empowerment of women and refuses to conform to society’s idea of a proper housewife, she has several business and management related certificates and can speak four languages: Arabic, English, French, and Greek.

Story #85    

Ibtisam Khattab is a volunteer at several societies, including one for memorizing the Qur'an. Her aim in life is to produce healthy and organic products, completely additive free. She started producing Dukkah which is a blend of spices, seeds and beans similar to Zaatar, she sells her products to family and friends and the community she meets where she volunteers.

Story #86    

Aya Ahmad Mahmoud Al Shibli owns a home-based business that specializes in handicrafts, soaps and perfumes production. While she is a trainer now, it was three years ago since she started learning the art of handmade accessories. Aya is finishing her last year in high school, but she uses her free time to take courses where she learned new skills like drying herbs and packaging techniques. Aya wishes to rely on herself to make a living, which is why she wants to focus her work on making glycerin soaps where she used natural materials.

Story #87    

Nuha Mohammad Al Mirayat is a 34-year-old home based project owner. She makes spices and sells them to neighbouring communities. She’s been working on this project for four years ever since she realized she was not finding suitable work with her skills. Nuha credits her mother for supporting her and teaching her this profession to earn an income.

Story #88    

Fawzeyeh Al Husnat is a member of the Nabateans Ladies Association. This group started when several unemployed women and fresh graduated girls who couldn’t find paying work collaborated to find a solution. This project began in 1996 and aims at providing women with jobs and enhancing their role in the labour force by producing modern and unique handicrafts.

Story #89    

Rana Mahmoud Bani Hani is a designer from Irbid. She has a graphic design bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University. She produces and sells Belgian chocolate to customers. Her project began in 2010 when she opened a small shop at Arabella Mall under the brand “Al Warha”. She expanded her project in 2017 by establishing a factory in Al Hasan Industrial City in Irbid under the name “Retan”. Rana is the first woman to own a factory in this city.

Story #90    

Manal Ali Mufleh Obeidat is a mother of five children, she started a home-based project 6 years ago, making dairy products and dried herbs, her project generates income that helps support her family since her husband retired.

Story #91    

Suad Mohammad Saeed Shreem creates handmade accessories. She has three daughters and a son. Her project started a year ago, around the same time one of her daughters failed her high school exams and entered a phase of depression. Suad tried to cheer her up by introducing her to handicrafts. It worked and now mother and daughter have teamed up to conquer bazaars and exhibitions all over the country selling beautiful handmade accessories. They count themselves lucky to have succeeded in this competitive field.

Story #92    

Sahar Adnan Abu Qasem makes soap from olive oil for her home-based business. She is the mother of three sons and two daughters. After retiring from a job as an education consultant at the Ministry of Education, Sahar still felt she could contribute to her household and started the soap making business after four years without a job so she would be able to help her children get a good education at the university. Sahar got her business registered and her products licensed with quality certifications. She can now distribute her skin and face creams and ointments all over the country. Her dream is to own a factory, hire a team, and distribute her items globally.

Story #93    

Samah Mahmoud Laqatah is from Marj Al Hamam. She owns the business “Uncle Jo Chocolate and More”. She started producing and selling Belgian chocolate through social media four months ago to increase the household income and ensure a better quality of living for her family. Her chocolates have delicious fillings and are distinguished by their taste and different shapes.

Story #94    

Fatima Abed Zanoon takes care of her family of seven through her cheese and dairy making business. She also produces dried thyme, pickles, yoghurt, and molokheyeh. She’s been running this business for the last 17 years to great success.

Story #95    

Rokaya Ahmad Al Bakri is a widow living in Hay Al Rasheed. She thought of starting this project after the death of her husband to look after her six children. She needed a source of income and a way to provide her children with a decent standard of living, especially since she has two partially blind children in her care. Rokaya started learning the techniques behind crochet, crafts, and rock drawing. She prides herself on the unique touch behind every piece she produces. 

Story #96    

Samia Abdullah Malas is a chemist, she decided to utilize her skills in producing natural soaps after she noticed customers demand these types of products. Samia started a business to produce glycerin soap blocks, that she sells to small soap producers. She also started producing natural therapeutic ointments and hopes to create a whole line of natural beauty products and detergents.   

Story #97    

Asmahan Mohammad Al Hawarat has a project that produces embroidered handicrafts and crocheted items. She does this work to contribute to her household expenses and her children’s needs since her husband is ill and cannot maintain a job. Asmahan has a family of eight and works hard to provide for them; her challenge is getting her products to a wide audience.

Story #98    

Hajar lives in Zarqa. She started her project three years ago to support her husband and meet the demands of a large household. Hajar began making and selling crocheted items to friends and neighbours and soon found herself teaching other women the art of crochet. She realized there are other women in the same situation as her; wanting to help their husbands afford basic necessities of life. From that point, she began teaching her craft at a centre and has benefited numerous women.

Story #99    

Latifa Abed Al Nabi Suleiman Al Sabaileh owns a project for sweets and pastries production. Her husband used to work at a pastry shop, so they combined forces and began a business that would sell delicious desserts to their friends and family. Word of mouth helped them out and they began reaching more customers. Latifa is proud to be able to support her husband and help him out with the household expenses.

Story #100 

Nour Atta Al Samadi is from Ajloun and owns a handicrafts business. She specializes in beaded accessories to help her family and meet the challenging financial needs of this economy. She loves what she does and she’s glad she started her own business when she graduated.