Iraqi refugees are welcome in Jordan but cannot work or start businesses, so daily life can be especially troubling. Dalia is one such Iraqi refugee. Displaced since 2008, she struggles to support her two sons and her ailing husband.
She and hundreds like her are beneficiaries of NEF Jordan’s Enhancing Economic Resilience of Displaced Iraqis and Poor Jordanians project. This year-long initiative is a join venture between NEF and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. It aims to provide business and vocational training to impoverished Jordanians and to Iraqi refugees. It also aims to provide startup capital for the Jordanians to develop businesses and support networks. For the Iraqi beneficiaries, it offers cash assistance to help them along until they get resettled and to help sustain them once they find their new homes.