Weaving a Dream
“Women Weaving a Dream” was founded in 2011 and is designed for Arab Bedouin women between the ages of 25 and 45 who have never been exposed to the world of work and have been unable to participate in work training programs. The project empowers and trains the women to either pursue salaried employment or to open their own small businesses.
The women participate in two meetings each week for the first sixth months of the project. During these meetings, the participants develop an empowering identity, attend professional trainings, improve their language skills and generally strengthen their self-esteem. These experiences enable the women to improve the socio-economic status of their families, and in doing do raising their own status within the family. After the program, each woman is offered an individualized personal mentoring program as she begins her journey to salaried employment or small business development.
The project is currently operating in Rahat, Hura and Lakiya, in 7 groups with a total of 100 women. Further groups are planned for the near future. To date, more than 250 women have participated in Women Weaving a Dream and approximately half have succeeded either in opening small, home-based businesses, such as cosmetics and food services, or obtaining salaried employment.
“I believe that if women take responsibility over their own lives and believe in themselves and their abilities, they will be able to better their own lives and the lives of their children. The women’s groups are the key to women’s growth in the Arab Bedouin society. These groups enable success through an economic development process that respects the values and customs of Arab Bedouin society”
The project is carried out in partnership with the social welfare departments in each of the venues in which it operates, as well as with the Rayan Center.