PROJECT: Women’s Microenterprise Development
DONOR: Rangoonwala Foundation
BACKGROUND: Many Palestinian women struggle to maintain a household because they have historically been excluded from opportunities to develop job skills. Across the West Bank, recent NEF projects have created hundreds of jobs and significant increases in income for women, giving them the unprecedented ability to provide for their families. Despite this progress, there remains considerable unrealized potential to create sustainable economic development for women in the northern West Bank.
IMPACT: NEF aims to create permanent jobs and generate income in the northern West Bank by providing more than 200 women entrepreneurs with business management training, small grants, and microfinance; helping start 100 new microenterprises; and creating 300 new jobs. Key to the success of this program is developing ongoing peer mentorship to launch a new generation of women entrepreneurs.