Our Stories

  • “The Golden Touch” Project: Innovating Embroidery to Help Local Women
    Jul 10, 2017

    In a workshop that is based close to the main market area in the city of Ajloun, a group of local women from different ages has been gathering together every day to get a professional training in embroidery using brand new machines that are dedicated to this art.

  • Jurf Al Darawish Women’s Association Challenges Norms, Empowers Community
    Jun 10, 2017

    In an explicitly poor “Jurf Al-Darawish”, 30 minutes away by car from the city of Tafileh, a voluntary-based women association is doing its best to make a difference in the lives of the local community, especially women, despite of resistance from society and the difficult economic situation.

  • Women Association in Ajloun Creates Jobs.. Empowers Community
    May 31, 2017

    While women in many rural areas in Jordan are still practicing the traditional ways of home food processing, a group of ambitious local women in Ebbin - Ajloun, are working hard to turn this process into a standardized system benefitting from the small grant Fatima Al-Momani, head of the association was awarded through the “Promoting Local Economic Development in Jordan” (PLEDJ) which is funded by the European Delegation in Jordan.

  • From Housewife to Aspiring Entrepreneur
    Sep 17, 2017

    Hoson Al-Awadat, mother of 7 one of them with learning difficulties joined UNDP’s Emergency Project (3x6) approach against all odds. She has dedicated her life to her husband, who has taken a second wife, and her kids relentlessly for over a decade. Hoson experienced an awakening when she heard about a new project in Zarqa that promises to create job opportunities and build the skills of young Jordanians. After attending an introductory session; she decided this might be the opportunity of a life-time.

  • Sarbys Centre: Working with Local Community to Preserve Heritage
    Aug 14, 2017

    Dr. Rifat Al-Zughool, a dentist and a community activist in Ajloun has a firm belief that more awareness should be raised about the Jordanian heritage, so he decided to apply to the project “Promoting Local Economic Development in Jordan” (PLEDJ) funded by the European Delegation to Jordan to start “Sarbys Centre”. His pitch was accepted and the project was launched officially in 2014.

  • Ein Lahtha Camp: Up and Coming Environmental Attraction
    Jul 2, 2017

    Ahmad Al-Saudi, 25 years, had always dreamt of building an environmental tourist camp in Tafileh. Although all the plans and studies of this project were almost ready in 2007, Ahmad could not achieve his dream until one year ago when he heard about the project “Promoting Local Economic Development in Jordan” (PLEDJ) funded by the European Delegation to Jordan for the first time.

  • Ein Lahda Camp: Up and Coming Environmental Attraction
    Jul 2, 2017

    Ahmad Al-Saudi, 25 years, had always dreamt of building an environmental tourist camp in Tafileh. Although all the plans and studies of this project were almost ready in 2007, Ahmad could not achieve his dream until one year ago when he heard about the project “Promoting Local Economic Development in Jordan” (PLEDJ) funded by the European Delegation to Jordan for the first time.

  • Small Grant…Unmatched Zeal
    Jun 5, 2017

    37 years old Laith Smadi was an employee at a small desserts shop in a small town in Ajloun governorate. Through the project “Promoting Local Economic Development in Jordan” (PLEDJ) in Ajloun which is funded by the European Delegation to Jordan, he received a small grant for his eco-friendly business idea. With the grant, he managed to run Ajloun Forest Reserve Restaurant alone buying one knife at a time.

  • Life-Changing Opportunities For Women Participating in the Skills Exchange Project
    May 22, 2017

    Through UNDP’s project Skills Exchange Between Syrians and Jordanians, which is funded by the European Regional Development and Protection Programme, Rana Aqqad and Dina Shdeifat met and bonded; a Syrian mentor and a Jordanian mentee who are now close friends learned from each other valuable life and work lessons.

  • Learning Through Play for Al-Dlail’s Children
    May 16, 2017

    21 years old Dana Abu-Ryash has a bachelor degree in English Language and Literature but her thinking goes beyond the traditional track of college graduates in Jordan. She is the mastermind behind a UNDP-supported initiative in Al-Dlail — Zarqaa governorate which aims at helping children learn while they engage in fun activities that develop their creative thinking abilities.