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Innovative Entrepreneurs Pave the Way in Northern Palestine

A February 3, 2016 Forbes magazine report highlights the ways in which “women entrepreneurs are creating new and innovative work environments that cater to an evolving and modern workforce.” This sentiment could not ring more true for TYO’s Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) participants who must come up with creative and boundary-breaking ways to maintain successful businesses given the political context in which they work. As APWE wraps up its first phase of business development trainings and coaching sessions, we had the chance to interview Manar Shab’an, an APWE entrepreneur who uses community involvement and inventive business practices to help lead Continue reading…

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APWE’s Research Project Has Begun!

Since 2011, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization has prioritized entrepreneurship programs specifically tailored to address the needs of women in Northern Palestine. TYO’s current project, Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE), seeks to empower women entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools and skills needed to grow profitable and sustainable businesses that are scalable and facilitate job creation. A critical component of any successful micro-business is a business owner’s ability to access start-up capitol to access the supplies, materials, and locale to conduct one’s business. A recent report from the Independent shows that micro-finance still plays a critical role in helping otherwise impoverished Continue reading…

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Time to Start Your Entrepreneurship Engines!

Since 2011, TYO has prioritized entrepreneurship programs specifically tailored to address the needs of women in Northern Palestine. With the support of the Cherie Blaire Foundation and PalTel Group Foundation, TYO’s women’s economic development programs have provided intensive business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for women to develop their own business plans, craft their branding and marketing strategies and materials, and eventually gain access to capitol through small business loans. We are excited to announce that after many months of preparation, needs assessment sessions, and strategic outreach, the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs has begun! The women will be offered Continue reading…

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Until We Meet Again: Last Week of The Women’s Group

Last week, The Women’s Group at TYO marked the final few days of the Summer 2014 session with certificates for outstanding commitment, an intensive seminar on the dangers of withholding food from children during the current season of Ramadan, and an exciting field trip to the local swimming pool. In these last bits of celebration, over 100 women wrapped up what’s been an eventful, awareness-raising five weeks as we’ve covered topics such as protecting one’s self after violence, preventing women’s cancers, and the problematic consequences of the past-time of shisha smoking. And we know that it wasn’t just an information overload Continue reading…

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Branding and Getting Better: TYO Steering Committee Meeting

For TYO entrepreneurs, their production happens in a diverse array of places: a fig orchard, an add-on room of their home with hydroponic farming equipment, a tailoring workshop in Tulkarem. But last week, they brought samples of their businesses to TYO’s FWEME Steering Committee here in Nablus for an intensive discussion on how their products are made, best practices in branding, and how to further improve their packaging and pitching. After recently completing their second phase of intensive Business English courses, entrepreneurs showcased their advanced presentation skills by delivering their short pitches to the Steering Committee, explaining their business, progress made Continue reading…

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Facebook to Formal English: FWEME Incubation

Can you describe yourself in 2 minutes, or catch a potential customer’s eye through a Facebook post? For many burgeoning business people, explaining their startup idea in a quick, catchy way- especially when English is their second language- might be a lengthy process with many pauses or problematic sentence structure. But for entrepreneurs participating in TYO’s FWEME Initiative, the past two weeks have sought to change that through intensive Business English and Business IT classes, where women have been practicing and perfecting their pitches- and prepping to best present themselves and their enterprises to potential investors and partners. Led by Continue reading…

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Like and Dislike: The Women’s Group Takes on Social Media

You might’ve clicked on this blog article from Facebook or Twitter, like many of our followers do. But for many moms in The Women’s Group, the seemingly simple world of social media can seem like a foreign planet- and can cause significant friction in their homes, and a lack of confidence when communicating with their children. Specifically, some women aren’t aware of how to protect kids from potential harassment or online abuse- an issue many of our local partners have reported increasing in Nablus- and have questions about how sites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter could be both helpful, or harmful, Continue reading…

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A Morning of Voice, Agency, and Empowering Women

Our Summer 2014 session hasn’t started just yet for The Women’s Group, but last Sunday, TYO was still filled with plenty of voices discussing women’s rights and gender equity in Nablus. As part of the quarterly Speaker Appreciation Breakfast, over 20 representatives from TYO’s local partners gathered to be recognized for their contributions as volunteer lecturers in The Women’s Group- and discuss key challenges facing female empowerment in Palestine. The Speaker Breakfast is TYO’s way to honor the experts, advocates, and activists that make The Women’s Group possible each session by lending their time and knowledge to lead seminars on various Continue reading…

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Tubas to Taking Chances: Maysaa Abu Mohsen Travels to America

A major component of our FWEME business training curricula is about risk-taking: encouraging women to step out of comfort zones for different kinds of opportunities, like taking a loan, talking to investors, or traveling. In FWEME Entrepreneur Maysaa Abu Mohsen’s case, risk-taking took a whole new level last month, though, when she received the opportunity to participate in a three-week internship program in the United States through the Active Citizen Summit 2.0. At the beginning of March, Maysaa hadn’t been on an airplane, and never ventured farther than Amman, Jordan- but by April, she’d been on six different planes, attended Continue reading…

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Springing Forward in 2014: Session Recap

About two weeks ago, we had our last seminars in The Women’s Group at TYO for the Spring 2014 session- marking the culmination of an exciting, challenging, and inspiring season of empowerment in Nablus. About twenty years ago, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Egypt- making large news when a number of women groups were able to successfully convince key governments and policymakers that the solution to the imminent population explosion discussed at the conference was simple- it was women.  NGOs and women’s rights advocates were able to shift the conversation from population control Continue reading…