Makken is Arabic for "to empower", which is the sole purpose of this production unit. It is a place for women to be productive and lead a food making process. It has started from a simple idea to help refugee women in the local community and now, it has become an income-generating business that provides salaries for these families.
Located in Deheisha refugee camp, Makken creates employment opportunities for refugee women in the camp meeting the needs in the local market. Women in the refugee community are excited to find job opportunities that enables them to contribute in their family's income. One in three in the refugee's community is unemployed and a huge part of the women look for safe employment opportunities.
The unit consists of a modern bakery, a store and a factory where a production line of food products are produced including a variety of high-quality traditional Palestinian foods, meals, pastries, jams, and pickles, aside to organic and healthy products, spices, and fresh fruits and vegetables..
Makken is directly connected to the rooftop greenhouse project, as the project included supporting a social business for women. It is also place where the organic produce from the greenhouses can be provided and sold.
Starting the unit required much effort focusing on a variety of financial, economic and marketing aspects. Business development has been taken into account including; health and safety standards, branding, packaging, high-quality inputs and market competition/demands. Different marketing channels have been established, with different options identified during business planning stages. Connections with local stores have been made to place the women’s products in larger stores. The foundation is built to grow into a profitable social business that can support different households from the camp.
Karama identifies itself as an organization for supporting women, particularly in refugee camps. Refugee women as we have witnessed through our different projects and activities show high willingness to participating in productive activities that allows them to support their families and achieve their self-worth.
In our rooftop greenhouse project, we had 220 participants from five different refugee camps and many of them had ideas of small business they like to pursue or at least have been motivated to learn.
Karama has been a platform for these women to display their talent and motivation through encouraging their participation in workshops and trainings so they can share with the other participants.
The rooftop greenhouse project had a business support aspect that allowed Karama to select suitable participants to receive a business grant. First, these women were selected and activated through training workshops. A business training started and was given to a group of 22-25 women. Following, the highest-committed women were individually engaged to develop their ideas with the project staff. The selected ideas were assessed, and then the team designed a support package for the women consisting of financial literacy training, social media marketing training, branding support, packaging and labeling, and purchase of raw supplies. This was all done during times when COVID19 was still an impactful factor in Palestine, and personal interaction was still limited – but the team was highly motivated to make it work.
The projects supported by Karama are three handicraft projects and two agricultural projects. The selected projects were a crochet project were two women work together on preparing bags, home accessories, celebrations and baby supplies with cotton crochet. Another prepared soap and beauty products made completely of natural products. Heba had her own handmade accessory project and needed the financial support and guidance to continue. As Karama worked for four years with rooftop greenhouses to support the food security in refugee camps, also several agricultural ideas were present among the refugee women. Of those, two were selected for further support. One of them was the seedling nursery, as one of the participants has developed a passion for agriculture through the greenhouse project and now applies this in a bigger seedling and flower nursery greenhouse that can serve the local growing demand for agricultural inputs. Secondly, a sheep farm was supported that is led by one of the participants with the skill of looking after sheep.
Now, each of these women paves the way for her own success with the support of Karama organization.
يعرض هذا الموقع انجازات مشروع "الأمن الغذائي و التمكين الاقتصادي" الذي تنفذه مؤسسة كرامة من 2017-2021
This website shows the results from the initiative "Rooftop Greenhouses for Food Security and Women Empowerment in Palestinian Refugee Camps" implemented by Karama Organization from 2017-2021.
معظم الأنشطة ممولة من الاتحاد الأوروبي
This initiative is supported and funded by the European Union.
المعلومات الواردة على الموقع تخص مؤسسة كرامة فقط و تعكس اراء فريق
العمل , و ليس بالضرورة أن تعكس أراء و مواقف الاتحاد الأوروربي
This website shows information from Karama Organization and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the European Union.