Empower Women Entrepreneurs in Palestine & Jordan

by Near East Foundation (NEF)
Nov 15, 2011

140 Women in West Bank Benefit from NEF Training

Mona learns to use a computer
Mona learns to use a computer

Over the past year, 140 women from ten organizations in the northern West Bank participated in over 70 hours of training offered by the Near East Foundation.

Mona, aged 60, is one of the women who benefitted from NEF training.  She is treasurer of the Beita Women’s Association, a job she managed for many years with only a notebook and pencil.  With the assistance of the Near East Foundation, Mona has professionalized and improved her work—and helped advance the work of the Beita Association.

Training topics included communications skills, preparing and using financial records, feasibility studies for small businesses, working as a team, planning, hygiene, safety, and health.

Mona attended all of the training sessions with enthusiasm and participated actively.  She was especially interested in computer lessons and accounting sessions.  Prior to the trainings, Mona had never used a computer.  Now, Mona can use a computer to improve her bookkeeping and the records of the Beita Association.

“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave,” is the principle that Mona continues to live by, as she works to improve the lives of women in her community—and share what she has learned.

Palestinian women participate in NEF training
Palestinian women participate in NEF training

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Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.neareast.org
Project Leader:
Sarah Peterson
Program Officer
Syracuse, New York United States

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