What’s Old is New Again for a USAID Youth Grantee

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Ruba Al Haddad received the financial support she needed from a USAID grant to launch her small business turning her dream into reality.

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.

Since 2017, USAID has supported more than 584 youth-led initiatives through YouthPower in 60 communities in Jordan which has enabled more than 17,961 youth to realize their full potential and pursue their dreams. As the YouthPower activity comes to an end, USAID continues to empower youth to act as engaged citizens and productive members of society, to advocate for themselves, and to shape services to better prepare them to enter higher education, vocational training, and the workforce. 

Last updated: April 20, 2022

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