Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative
The Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, which was founded by the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation in 1993, aims to make the women in the area financially independent and to raise their standard of living by increasing their income and preserving local heritage. The cooperative, which is managed and run by local women, has provided training projects for more than 150 women from all villages of Wadi Seer on a variety of handicrafts.
Unemployment in Jordan for women is around 33% in urban areas and is even higher in rural areas. As the cooperative is managed and run by members of the community, it has created a number of job opportunities for women of all ages. The cooperative teaches the local women how to make a variety of different heritage products, which are also sold in the gift shop, as well as online.
The TreadRight grant, delivered in partnership with Tourism Cares, will allow the organization to consistently have the necessary materials on hand as well as help to complete a build-out of their gift shop, as well as provide merchandising expertise, and allow the group to expand their food services, creating more income opportunities for the cooperative's members.