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Transforming Lives

Zeinab plays with the children attending her kindergarten in Sakhra, Jordan.

Zeinab Momani’s high school scores did not allow her to fulfill her life’s desire of attending university - but she did not stop seeking other options. 25-year-old Zeinab heard from her brother about a short business-management training program that teaches participants how to start their own business.

Basma demonstrates infection prevention and quality control to her colleagues.

 Jordanian law does not allow midwives to perform this procedure. Although physicians are abundant in Jordan, there is a shortage of female physicians at primary health care centers, especially in remote areas. This posed a problem since clients prefer female service providers. USAID and the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Department of the Jordanian Ministry of Health had to find solutions to this problem that is affecting the total contraceptive prevalence rate. 

Entrepreneur Nariman Hefawi challenged cultural barriers and started her own business in a male-dominated industry.

When Nariman Hefawi’s husband became too ill to manage his construction supply company, she took over to provide for their family. It was a daunting challenge. Hefawi is a woman in a male-dominated industry, and in dire need of capital to reactivate the business, which had closed during her husband’s illness.

Khawla Al Sheikh broke stereotypes and embarked on a career as a plumber

Although Jordan’s domestic water use rate of just under 21 gallons per person per day is among the lowest in the world, water resources are scarce in the region, making it a constant challenge for the government to supply this basic necessity to its people.

Family Guidance and Awareness Center outreach coordinator Enas Tergam (right) explains HIV/AIDS to a small business worker.

The cornerstone of Family Guidance and Awareness Center is a free hotline, staffed by trained counselors, that receives more than 120 calls a month with questions on law, psychological issues, employment, and other topics.

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Last updated: December 07, 2016

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