convert the poor marginalized Women Farmers in Jordan to pioneers by creating a pioneering projects and product ,have a voice in society

Innovative agricultural program converting 200 women farmers owning small projects to pioneers and create 600 job opportunity &50 trainers

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  • English

Organization name

Specific Union For productive Farmer Women in Jordan

Year founded

2007

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 5,000 - 10,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Jordan

Headquarters location: City

All rural communities in Jordan

Location(s) of impact

Country 1 : : Ajloun , Jarash , Al Mafraq , Jordan Valley , Al Balqa
 Irbid , AL Zarqa , Al Tafelah , Al Karak , Maan

Website

http://www.ashoka.org/fellow/5669
http://www.schwabfound.org/sf/SocialEntr

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/amar.almomany

Twitter URL

zeinab Almomany

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

women farmers facing a unique challenges makes them vulnerable and poor. such as unequal pay , seasonal and informal work, exclusion them from decision maker on all levels family, society and governmental. although they contribute in family income their opinion is seldom taken, absence of health care despite potentially hazardous working conditions , in spite of the Union's efforts to overcome the problems like train 3500 women ,140 women of them already has tiny agricultural projects still facing great danger

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Transforming laborer( slaves) women farmers into pioneer entrepreneurs capable of creating a distinctive identity for their agricultural products capable of competing locally and internationally through designing innovative and new program that is implemented for the first time in Jordan and can be transferred to the Arab countries ,We will make needs assessment and depending on the conclusions we will prepare a training guide and a training program specially for farmer women and the guide will be reference in the Specific Union. building capacity of 50 women half of them are young (16-30) to be trainers at the national level to allow them to train agricultural women organizations to reach business leadership. it will includes all certificates of excellence and accreditation topics i.e. Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Fair Trade, Organic Certification, HACCP, ISO standards , then the Union will create a network of women who can transfer knowledge to others in the region

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Specific Union is the first union of its type aims to fight for women farmers rights and empowering them through organizing their work, its members are 5000 women and 17 ladies cooperative. we are working on improving and empowering farmer women throw two axis: economic and political. we trained 3500 women 140 of them have their own projects and make them free from being slaves of farm work. we performed big projects on lobby and advocacy to equal them in wages with men and we increased the wages from 3 JD to 5Jd whereas men take 17 JD daily. and we made a project to raise the rate of women owning land the rate in Jordan was 2.7% and we worked on increasing this rate and despite all our efforts the rate raised to 5.5% according to Jordanian statistics. the law was forbidding women farmers from joining the Unions only if they own 10 dunums and we changed the law and it became if they rent 10 dunums. we performed revolving loans projects and gave women loans to start their own projects

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1- Grants : 60%
2- corporate contributions : members fees 20%
3- Earned income : loans and marketing products 20%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The Union is the first of its type in Jordan and the region its mechanism is unique this distinguishes it from other organizations ,its work is from bottom to top and its members identify its goals and evaluate its needs, activities and programs which are new and innovative and contributed in solving problems. aims to fight for their rights empowering them and develop them comprehensive development .and its future plans which includes the reach of women farmer who own projects to leadership

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

the idea started when I established the first project which is: nursery, kindergarten and school. I needed 9 teachers to teach in the project I call for employees hundreds of women applied for the job all of them are in need and from poor families . my area is Sakhra village in Ajloun governorate. the rate of jobless and poorness in it is very high specially between women. then we established Sakhra ladies cooperative. It aims to develop women from all sides economically , culturally and socially. We started from zero with small project like packaging seeds and drying fruit. Then we started preparing proposals ,send them to donors to help us. then I had an idea about the problems and challenges that face women in other rural communities. I felt that I had to think of solutions to contribute in solving them .I established the Specific union which contains women from rural communities

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha

Really promising. Congratulations.