One of Nowara main objectives is to support leading economic initiatives implemented by women in the different rural areas in Lebanon, in addition to introducing information technology as a vital tool to increasing women access to knowledge and information they need in their activities.
Nowara is starting the program “success stories” utilizing information technology as an effective tool to spread information on the status of women living in remote areas hence contribute to identify their economic activities, what they produce and draw attention of the concerned actors to the realities, needs and potentialities of women as main contributors to economic and social rural communities.
- In economic initiatives from informal or marginal sectors implemented by women from different rural areas in Lebanon, in numerous fields in agriculture, agro food, traditional Lebanese cuisine, artisan , agri – tourism and ecotourism…etc.
- About women who started from minute resources, but most importantly from their strong will and deep beliefs in their potentialities.
- Challenging social traditions and norms that tends to confine women I the house boundaries.
- Women who decided to leave a mark in their fields of business hoping to trigger other women to join them in their endeavors to the economic and development world.
These leading initiatives were collected directly from women producers and will be part of Nowara Data base on women entrepreneurs which is regularly updated hoping it becomes a reference to all concerned actors in rural development.
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“An Agricultural project founded on domestic & collaborative work”
“Providing for three families or 12 persons partially or entirely”
This is what Mrs. Khadija Kahled said, when asked to describe her experience marked by a special zeal and ardor for work, which exceeded its expected financial revenue, which also goaded her to defy economical challenges.
Actually it all started thanks to Um Khadija, Khadija’s mother who out of the 15 cows she initially had, only 2 remained. Two cows were enough for her daughter to initiate her own private agricultural project by selling cow milk. Where do things stand now? Well, Khadija owns 6 cows, 30 hens in addition to 10 Dunums of irrigated land where she grows onions, potatoes, barley, corn, olives and forage crops.
“My family relies entirely on my income”
“It all started with a personal initiative”
“It’s all about persistence and perseverance”
This is how, in few words, Mrs. Suzanne Douaihy, describes her story. A project which enabled her in a short time to break and overcome traditions and customs and commence a productive activity that ensures her and her family, some kind of revenues helping them to survive
The personal initiative was born from private resources based on the home resources: “Rural or Country Cuisine” in other words, the “Lebanese Cuisine”. Thanks to the support of Souk el Tayeb, Mrs. Douaihy started serving traditional Lebanese dishes and as one goes along, she evolved quantitatively and qualitatively.
“Must benefit from the agricultural lands that we own but we often neglect “
With this back ground and from the womb of nature the project idea was born. In the area of Ba’qaleen – Chou in Mount Lebanon Mrs.Sana Rashid Khodr established her business starting from a small store that sells rural food products- healthy and natural rural Lebanese cuisine but rapidly grew into several branches in the area (to villages of Kfarhim, Choueifat)in addition to the main branch that remained in Baaqlin.
She holds a Diplomain Arabic philosophy, but decided to retire early from academic and teaching life to delve deep into the business world. Driven by her will to benefit from what she gained, she chose to employ the experience of 52 years in her new rural project. Starting from simple resources – an initial cost of US$3000, where “initially I started the work athome“ she said “and later on as it grew I opened adomestic shop..”the budget was increased to reach in the last yeararound US$.9000 in a very short period.