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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…

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Coming to a City Near You!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organizations is moving full speed ahead with our outreach efforts for our upcoming entrepreneurial program, Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE). APWE is our fifth entrepreneurship program that seeks to help women in Northern Palestine establish or expand their micro-businesses.TYO is excited to offer a program that will increase women’s enterprise development skills and provide them with the opportunity to start or expand their micro-business. We are thrilled to recruit women to join us for psychosocial trainings, business development and coaching, branding and marketing workshops, business English and IT intensives, apprenticeship opportunities, and so much more. TYO representatives are working with our organizational partners scouring Northern Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Solafa

Name of Business: Zaina (Decorative) Soap From Anabta, a small village in Tulkarem, Palestine, Solafa was instantly drawn to the idea of making soap after attending a training course offered by The Palestinian Women’s Association, Asala. Solafa valued the concept of integrating the Palestinian tradition with natural resources, such as olive oil and lavender, which are readily available in her village. In September 2014, Solafa sold the gold jewelry that she no longer wears and bought the raw materials to begin producing soap. It was through the training course at a local community center, where Solafa heard about the WISE Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Shurooq

Name of Business: Nawa’em Art Originally from Nablus, Palestine, Shurooq began creating stained glass home décor as a hobby over 12 years ago. While attending a local handcrafts course, the instructor, impressed with Shurooq’s artistry,began displaying her pieces for sale at the community center. She was thrilled at the prospect of her products generating additional income for her family, but her husband was not. This proved to be the biggest barrier Shurooq encountered on her path to becoming a businesswoman. Shurooq’s husband rejected the idea and questioned her motivation for participating. He feared that if she pursued this path that Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Sa’eda

Business:  Al Marsa Industrial Tatreese From Beit Leid in Tulkaram, Palestine, Sa’eda, 46, always had a passion for learning. In 1993, she received an Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education in Jordan and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Al Quds’ Open University in 2007. In between earning her two university degrees, Sa’eda worked at a preschool while taking courses in pediatric rehabilitation. She utilizes these skills every summer when she returns to Jordan to work with children at a summer camp. As a young child, Sa’eda’s mother taught her how to make traditional Palestinian embroidery. Continue reading…

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The Road to Tulkarem is Paved in Gold

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking a weekend trip to visit four entrepreneurs from the Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs II (WISE II) program. In August 2014, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and PalTel Group Foundation (PGF) launched WISE II, a program that enhances women-led micro and small enterprises in marginalized areas in northern Palestine. WISE II empowered high-potential Palestinian women through an innovative, holistic, and intensive business incubation. Through skills based training, coaching, and incubation, WISE II was a strategic multi-phase program to build the capabilities, confidence and access to capital for women entrepreneurs in Palestine. As a Zahi Khouri Fellow Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Rola

Business: Al Jana’ Rayan (Paradise Honey) For the past 17 years, Rola from Tulkarem, Palestine has been a devoted mother and wife. In 2012, she realized that her monotonous routine was erasing who she was as a person. That is when she decided it was time to make a change and focus on herself. Rola came up with the concept of producing all-natural honey. To her, the queen bee metaphorically represents Rola’s belief of a woman’s role in life. She is the one in charge of the beehive and without her it would cease to survive and thrive on its Continue reading…

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Palestinian Women Break Through the Glass Ceiling of Lending Practices

Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) is TYO’s fifth entrepreneurship program that seeks to help women in Northern Palestine establish or expand their micro-businesses. TYO provides women with the opportunity to attend psychological and social trainings with TYO’s in-house psychologist; develop or refine their business plans with Ramallah-based Small Enterprise Center (SEC); participate in a three-week business English and IT intensive; and create their marketing materials after working with a branding and marketing expert. While APWE will provide a plethora of trainings for their existing and budding entrepreneurs, there is a larger societal issue TYO seeks to address and help solve in order for all female entrepreneurship Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Reema

Business: Yaboos Soap Originally from Kufor Zabad, a village outside of Tulkarem, Palestine, Reema has always been a working professional. Throughout her academic career and after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Al Quds Open University in 2012, she held various office jobs. This was not something that she enjoyed or saw herself doing as a career. Reema was constantly thinking of different ways to become independent and be her own boss. After attending a few courses at a local women’s community center, she fell in love with the idea of making soap. Many of the supplies necessary Continue reading…

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APWE Outreach Begins: It’s Time to Pound the Pavement in Palestine!

We at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization are thrilled to begin our recruitment process for our upcoming entrepreneurial program, Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE). APWE is our fifth entrepreneurship program that seeks to help women in Northern Palestine establish or expand their micro-businesses. This session we are excited to offer two tracks – an advanced track for entrepreneurs who have completed a previous training program and an introductory track for women who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey. Upon being selected to be a part of APWE, the fun will have only just begun! The women will have an opportunity to attend psychological and social trainings with TYO’s in-house psychologist; Continue reading…