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Interview with Sumood Jamlan

Tell us about your business. What do you do, where do you sell your products, and who are your customers? My name is Sumood Jamlan. I am from Aseera village outside of Nablus and I have a business called Shal. I make embroidered bags, shawls, and accessories to sell online and in exhibitions, primarily to young women. I started making embroidered products in 2010, but at that time it was merely a hobby. It wasn’t until I joined Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s (TYO) Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East (FWEME) project in 2012 that I learned there were steps I Continue reading…

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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

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Making Our List, Checking It Twice

TYO’s work is incredibly rewarding. When we are in session, approximately 500 people walk through our doors every day ready to make a positive impact on themselves or the people we work alongside. One of the most rewarding elements of our work is when we see real improvement and benefit to our beneficiaries every day lives. When one of our APWE micro-enterprise entrepreneurs increases their profit, or a STEP! II student exhibits a firmer grasp on the English language, or simply when a Core Child Program participant takes a homemade card home to his or her mother we know we are doing Continue reading…

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Breaking Bread and Building Relationships

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization had the pleasure of hosting representatives from our Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) project partner, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women . Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and the Foundation have partnered since 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs in Northern Palestine and provide them with the tools and skills needed to grow profitable and sustainable micro-businesses that are scalable and facilitate job creation. During the three-day visit, the Foundation staff met eight APWE entrepreneurs residing in Nablus, Toubas, Jenin and their surrounding villages. The entrepreneurs spoke about their triumphs and challenges, the ways in which their families Continue reading…

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Breaking a Sweat, Breaking Isolation

Last week, the The Women’s Group’s Spring 2016 session came to a close. The Women’s Group is a program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus with a focus on the mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This session, TYO has been proud to offer fitness and nutrition classes taught by our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Beginner’s English classes, and educational seminars that focus on mental health, physical well-being, and child-rearing. Our Spring 2016 session culminated with a trip to a local park in Nablus where 60 Women’s Group participants gathered together to eat delicious food, reminisce Continue reading…

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Cake Can Be Healthy, Too

It is hard to live a healthy lifestyle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is especially difficult to be healthy when living in Palestine due to the limited resources and health education. However, it is important to have a clear understanding of how to stop health problems before they start. For the past 6 weeks, as a part of the Women’s Empowerment Programs at TYO, the women of Nablus have been learning about fitness and nutrition. One major preventable health risk is Type 2 diabetes.  Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Palestinian in 2000 was estimated at Continue reading…

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1.5 Billion and Growing

In two weeks, The Women’s Group’s Spring 2016 session will come to a close. The Women’s Group is a program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus with a focus on the mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This session, TYO has been proud to offer fitness and nutrition classes taught by our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Beginner’s English classes, and educational seminars that focus on mental health, physical well-being, and child-rearing. The women have been enjoying and benefitting from educational seminars and fitness and nutrition classes for many years. However, in the Continue reading…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day Today and Every Day

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) launched The Women’s Group Spring 2016 program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus, with a focus on mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This session TYO is proud to offer Fitness and Nutrition classes taught by our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Beginner’s English classes, and educational seminars focusing on mental health, physical health, and child-rearing. Today marks the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day. According to CNN, International Women’s Day got its start when 15,000 trailblazing women marched through New York City to demand voting rights and better working conditions. TYO Continue reading…

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Each One Teach One

TYO had the opportunity to interview APWE entrepreneur Ma’ali Diab about her educational tools business that facilitates learning for people with diverse cognitive abilities. Tell us about yourself and how you started your business: I am a pharmacist and studied at An-Najah University. I am married and have two children. I do not own a pharmacy and most recently worked at a money exchange store. As my eldest son began to grow up, I realized that he was incredibly intelligent and that his cognitive abilities far exceeded any educational tools available in Palestine. Both my son and I endured a Continue reading…

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Taking the Proverbial Bull By Its Horns

TYO had the opportunity to interview APWE entrepreneur In’am al-Khaidr about her livestock business and her experience as an entrepreneur in a male-dominated field. Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Jamaaen, Nablus, studied mathematics at an-Najah University and worked as an employee at the Jamaaen Governmental Municipality for over ten years. After I left my job in 2014, I decided to found my own business raising calves. With money I had saved from my job at the municipality, I decided to purchase three calves. Initially, I focused my business strictly on the process of fattening and selling Continue reading…