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Last updated: April 08, 2022

April 5, 2022

Ten youth in Kofranja, Jordan, near Ajloun, were eager to learn the necessary technical skills to develop mobile phone applications after their community mapping activity identified the need for more effective communication between the municipality and the citizens in their community. USAID-funded training met their goals and gave them the opportunity to gain the skills they need to successfully create their own mobile applications.

April 5, 2022

Ruba Al Haddad had the vision early on to create new products from old clothes. She uses funds provided by USAID’s YouthPower program to recycle used clothes and transform them into eco-friendly fashion products to be sold on the local market.  She named her shop “Ademak Jdidi” (in English: Your Old Is My New) and marketed them on the online platform Souq Fann. Old clothes are given new life as eco-friendly accessories with modern designs. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges, Ruba worked hard to provide the highest quality items. Ruba’s initiative is not only about recycling, reusing, and creating new products from old materials. It also provides sources of income for vulnerable women who are employed through the project.

April 5, 2022

Raghad, a 19-year-old going through a challenging financial situation, was rejected from public schools due to her hearing disability and was not able to continue her education. Much to the surprise of her trainers and youth leaders at a recent USAID learning activity, Raghad stood out in the handicrafts training she attended. Her strikingly creative products and newly discovered talent allowed Raghad to confidently complete the training and pointed her down the handicrafts path. With her new ability to sell her products, she branched out to designing accessories, painting on stones, and now she draws on clay pots and designs mobile phone covers.

April 5, 2022

Waed Abazid, a refugee with a disability, was driven by her passion and previous experience in teaching arts and crafts to learn the art of mosaic. She then became a trainer for young men and women with disabilities at a USAID-funded YouthPower Program in Madaba. The mosaic training targets youth with visual, hearing and motor disabilities to give them skills they need to be active decision makers regarding their future success. The more empowered, productive and engaged Jordan’s youth are in their communities, the better all of Jordan will be. The YouthPower program is in 60 targeted communities across Jordan.

April 5, 2022

How could one Facebook post change the path of someone’s life? That is what happened to 24-year-old Rama Rababah from Zarqa who dreamed of being a fashion designer. Rama found the USAID YouthPower Facebook Group and connected with USAID's YouthPower Innovation Fund. “I discovered that personal financing was not enough to grow my initiative into the impactful local business I envisioned, so when I saw the size of impact other youth were making, I felt like I found the gateway that could make my dream come true.” The workshops she attended inspired Rama to expand her initial fashion design idea to include economic empowerment of women in her community.

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