Help 24 families build an ecotourism hub in Jordan



Ajloun is one of the most beautiful regions in Jordan, but also the poorest. Help 24 local families earn an income from ecotourism, while preserving the culture and beauty of this region.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The province of Ajloun in northern Jordan struggles with crippling unemployment. Ajloun’s people can no longer survive on their traditional livelihoods of subsistence farming. Many have left their villages in search of work, and many more are employed in activities that damage the local environment. This project offers 24 families a different future, opening opportunities for them to use skills and knowledge they already possess in cooking, hospitality, etc. to earn much-needed income.

How will this project solve this problem?

The funds raised will support the creation and promotion of a community-run guest lodge. The lodge will be a hub of tourism activities, including a visitor center, a restaurant, guest rooms, an office, and a community space for meetings and events.

Potential Long Term Impact

Tourism in the Ajloun area is increasing rapidly. Visitors to the Al Ayoun walking trail increased from 200 in 2008 to over 2,000 in 2009. Creating this guest house will ensure that the local community benefits directly from increasing tourism.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,347

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,347 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Cate Malek

Development Coordinator
Cambridge, MA Jordan

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