A Malian Village Adapts to Climate Change

The story of how a small rainwater collection dam in village of Pélou came to be is a short but meaningful reflection of NEF’s work. Partnering with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bamako, NEF and the village leaders discussed how to best improve the livelihoods and food security of the people in the area. WATCH HERE


Economically Empowering Women in Lebanon and Jordan

NEF is working with Syrian refugees and struggling Lebanese and Jordanian women to help them start or expand income generating activities in order to help support their families. Meet Rokan, Huda, and Vicky – three women who with NEF’s help were able to improve their livelihoods and begin to rebuild their lives. WATCH HERE


An Olive Peace: Olive Oil Without Borders

Ayala’s family owns a small olive press ​j​ust outside Nazareth in northern Israel, where she makes organic olive oil and lives in harmony with the land. Khaled – a Palestinian engineer and olive oil mill expert from outside Nablus in the West Bank. The two met through NEF’s Olive Oil Without Borders flagship project. WATCH HERE


Since 2014, 2,100 women and youth in Jordan and Lebanon, including young men, were trained in business development and provided with access to startup capital

  • Restoring Lives, Restoring Mali

    For a year, Kaadi struggled to get water to his rice fields. His earthen irrigation quickly fell apart. With some training from NEF, a few donated supplies, and his own hard work, his fortunes turned for the better just as fast.

  • Refugees get a hand up – not a hand out

    In an effort to expand her cheese making business, Hana sought help from the Near East Foundation. This help included business and marketing training, as well as capital. She hopes to increase her cheese production and move into the production of other dairy products.

  • Financial Independence in a Close-Knit Community

    Khadija is a single mother in the West Bank who started a clothing shop to give herself financial independence. NEF and the Rangoonwala Foundation to gave her the knowledge to expand and market her skills while completely taking over operation of her business.

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