YOUNG WOMEN AS JOB CREATORS Success Stories

Success stories of young women entreopreneurs who started their businesses through the project.

With the implementation of the second project phase we achieved a total of 22 new businesses created by the young women university students.

In Albania, the mentoring sessions delivered by the implementing businesswomen association drove 5 participants towards real business creation which were those who managed to access funding in the project implementation period:

  • Erinda Dhani started “Dhani Green House”. “Dhani Green House” is trying to be one of the leading companies in the area, providing a wide range of turnkey agricultural projects and solutions for growers, retail chains and investors around the globe;  
  • Arjana Zaimi founded “Atila Decorations”. With simple decoration ideas this company creates a festive mood (birthdays, marriages and other celebrations) in its clients’ houses. The business is specialized in Christmas decorations, but customizes each project accurately. Arjana has already decorated some shops and three main supermarkets in Tirana, as well as one bigger market;  
  • Anisa Gjini started “Like the wind”. “Like the wind” is a formal job market that operates online by matching job seekers and employers. The main aim of this initiative is the employment of women and girls belonging to marginalized groups. The whole process of hiring occurs online. Incomes come from a fee paid by private companies for successful transactions and from advertising in the website;
  • Alda Abazaj founded “FindTheGift.com” (Gjejdhuraten.com). The website sells potential gifts made by regular businesses and also by Albanian handcrafters (artisans). Furthermore, there is a blog space in which the producers of the gifts write specific posts about the items;
  • Asmina Aldini started “Bakery-Confectionery Sulaj”. The business combines the production and selling of pulp with the art of patisserie. Now this company already has 8 staff members.  
In Egypt, three young women already started their businesses and seven are continuing to work towards that goal. The businesses which were started and their corresponding entrepreneurs are: 
  • Hala Ali, an interior designer who could start her business thanks to family savings;  
  • Wala Hosni, a jewelry designer who acquired sufficient finances thanks to the Egyptian Social Fund for Development;  
  • Eman Abdel Razik Ahmed, an accessories designer who created “EMAN Accessories” with the financial support of the Egyptian Social Fund for Development. 
In Morocco, 14 businesses were created within the project implementation period: 
  • Narjiss Zerhouni started “Bee Agency”, a consulting company for sustainable development;
  • Sofana Benyahya started “Sofana Art Jewerelly” which produces jewels;
  • Aicha El Bakkali started “Performance Pro”, a coaching and training company;
  • Laila Benghebrit offers computer training services through “CNM Consulting”;
  • Siham Amrani creates handmade objects through “L’art deux mains”;
  • Ghiziane Bentchich created “Gout d’or”, a shop specialized in coffee and coffee machines;
  • Lamia Srairi commercialized bio cosmetics online with “Blady Cosmétiques”;
  • Jihanne Mhah started a crafts market which sells traditional clothes and accessories;
  • Sara El Rhani created “Sensei Prod” a communications and event organization company;
  • Naji Imane opened a B2B and B2C platform for micro-jobs and freelances (“Brikoule.ma”);
  • Kenza Abbabou works on couponing with her company “Red Tag”;
  • Rachida Montassif provides consulting and training through “OLE Be Group”;
  • Emmanuelle Mesnard created “Seed of light” which imports and exports green products;
  • Jihanne Assabai, sells clothes with her company “Tribal Chic”. 

About the implementation of the project's first phase in Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Spain, we would like to highlight some success stories of young women entreopreneurs who are developing their business plans with the support of the corrisponding national businesswomen associations:

JORDAN - "GREEN GLASS":

Noor Fayez and Seema Deauddin, two young students from the University of Petra, developed this project which aims at recycling glass waste in order to better preserve the environment in Jordan. As an added value of their business project they want to employ young unemployed workforce and allocate part of the company's profit to the support of orphanages. This idea has been awarded as the best business idea of the project's first phase during the Union for the Mediterranean Conference on Women's Socio-Economic Empowerment (Barcelona, 26-27 March 2014). Luma Sukarieh received the award in representation of her colleagues.

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JORDAN - "LD SOLUTIONS COMPANY":

Luma Sukarieh and Dalia Abu ALhuda developed another interesting business idea during their participation in the project's WEDs. Their idea is about producing energy through rotating elements in health and fitness clubs.

You can view here an interview with Luma: http://ufmsecretariat.org/ufm-interviews-ms-luma-sukarieh/

MOROCCO - "EXPORT OF RABBIT SKINS":

Sihame Momen and Silham Elmousaid developed the best business idea from the Moroccan WEDs. The project uses rabbit skins which are usually wasted as the rabbit meat is sold without skin. They want to export the rabbit skins as they found that there is a demand in foreign countries. The added value of this project is that 1) they want to raise awareness about better farming conditions and 2) they want to create rural employment.

PALESTINE - "NABLUS SOAP INDUSTRY":

In Palestine, the best business idea has been developed by Sujood Alwai, Rayem Alawi, Salma Abu Habeh, Ibtisam Elawi and Mahmoud Sameeh. This business idea consists of enabling rural women economically through the production of soap with local materials and resources.

News Date

March 28, 2014
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