Home-based business owners throughout Jordan are reaching new markets and attracting recognition with help from the Jordan Livelihoods Project.
Funded by UNHCR, the project is strengthening livelihoods and economic opportunity among vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugee communities. With coaching from organizations like Leaders of Tomorrow and Karak Castle Center for Consultations and Training, the entrepreneurs are refining their products, honing business skills, and ramping up business.
Five bazaars organized by UNHCR, Blumont, and partners are ongoing from November 14 to December 4 across five governorates in Jordan—Ma’an, Tafileh, and Karak in the south and Irbid and Mafraq in the north. The events bring sellers, buyers, and stakeholders together to celebrate and support entrepreneurs in Jordan. Around 100 home-based businesses will participate in the bazaars, featuring products such as traditional foods and handicrafts.
The ‘Hands of Irbid’ bazaar, held November 14 and 15, featured 20 home-based businesses supported by the Jordan Livelihoods Project, including artists like Myassar and Abdalla. The opening of the bazaar highlighted the potential for these entrepreneurs in Jordan’s economy.
“It is our collective duty to plant hope,” Abdelraouf al-Rawabdeh, former Prime Minister of Jordan, said at the event. “It is our duty to know the struggles of our people and alleviate them, to light candles of hope. This is the case for the ‘Hands of Irbid’ bazaar, which turned the efforts of women into success stories.”
Select local coverage from ‘Hands of Irbid’ can be found at Saraya News, Kenanah News, and Urdoni.
The UNHCR-funded Jordan Livelihoods Project strengthens livelihoods and economic opportunities in Jordan through home-based businesses owned by Jordanians or Syrian refugees.