Jordan- Despite all the complexities, a Syrian woman is expanding her dairy business
(PNAFAN – Jordan Times) AMMAN – Syrian national Abeer Abbas was able to start her own income-generating business, turning a modestly equipped kitchen into a small dairy-making workshop.
With his tools being nothing but pans, utensils, an oven and a small refrigerator, Abeer managed to make high-quality products, despite the small amounts of sheep’s milk imported into his home workshop, and build a network of customers of its neighbors. and knowledge.
Unsuccessful in finding a job, Abeer, 42, said she decided to start her own business, hoping to secure a stable income that could support her ailing husband and six children. From her home in Zarqa Governorate, she started making dairy products from sheep’s milk.
Abeer used the practical experience she gained from her mother and the knowledge she gained from studying science for her degree. “Things like density, temperature, acidity and the right amounts were familiar to me,” she said.
“I was a teacher in a primary school in Syria and I tried to find a job in my field in Jordan, but I couldn’t, especially since we live in a poor neighborhood, where there is little or no demand for private lessons, ”she said. mentionned.
Abeer, who arrived in Jordan in 2013, said: “I have also tried working with NGOs, but the hours and places of work made it difficult for me, especially since I have to take care of my children. “
Abeer was one of a group of women micro and home business owners who recently received intensive training from CARE International on establishing, managing and developing small projects.
During the training, she said the participating women learned skills in marketing and promotion, problem-solving, leadership and trust, as well as the essentials of networking to build a clientele.
“The training enhanced my knowledge with valuable information and refined my straightforward experience and advanced it to a better level,” said Abeer.
I have learned to accept reviews of my products in a positive way and have learned methods of improving production, ingenuity and how to find solutions to the problems I am facing – the last one being the lack of milk. sheep during this time of year. she said.
“Abeer is like many women who can build brands if they have constant support, guidance and funding,” said trainer Mohammad Mari, who introduced the course to the women.
According to Mari, the biggest challenge that Abeer and other like-minded women face is lack of self-confidence. CARE trainings hope to build their self-confidence through specialized training that aims to help beneficiaries overcome the social and economic obstacles they face in running their businesses.
In addition to the training, Abeer participated in a savings program designed by CARE in cooperation with the Qudurat Association for Community Development. Through the program, which is part of CARE’s Village Savings and Credit Associations (VSLAs), each participant can save money in the fund each week and access a small installment loan to develop a sustainable business.
“Despite all the hardships I have encountered, starting with leaving Syria because of my husband’s illness and all the challenges that have resulted from it, I have managed to create a small, sustainable business that provides me with me and my family a stable income, ”Abeer proudly added.
CARE recently launched an economic empowerment project targeting vulnerable groups of refugees and local communities, particularly women and youth, with the aim of improving their resilience and access to income-generating opportunities.
In 2018, CARE launched a 12-year strategy to expand its VSLAs, with the goal of supporting 50 million women and girls – and 65 million people in total – to form savings groups by 2030.
Looking to 2030, CARE believes that scaling up VSLAs and supporting their members to pursue their goals can have a substantial impact on achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
(CARE Jordan contributed this article to the Jordan Times).
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