JRF, Chinese embassy sign agreement to support social enterprises

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(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Jordan River Foundation (JRF) has signed an agreement with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China supporting the foundation’s social enterprises aimed at the empowerment of community women.اضافة اعلان

A statement by the JRF, carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Wednesday said that the agreement includes vehicle donations for Al Karma Kitchen; supporting community women who rely on home cooking for a living, and the Jordan River Designs (JRD); a handicrafts project that revives traditional community arts and supports the livelihoods of women artisans.

“China’s donations will support the kitchen and JRD sales operations, which in turn will support 146 home cooking beneficiaries and 106 JRD artisans all of whom were empowered by JRF last year,” the statement added.

During the signing ceremony, JRF’s General Director Enaam Barrishi thanked the Embassy for its generous support, pointing that it will assist the foundation’s kitchen expansion plan, which in turn would increase the number of beneficiaries and sustain JRF’s social impact.

“The kitchen is one of the social enterprises that feeds into the whole economic empowerment model of JRF, which applies community empowerment across all sectors in Jordan in partnership with community-based organizations. “We have established a long-term relationship with local communities to create sustainable livelihood opportunities by supporting microbusinesses and recruiting beneficiaries in partnership with the private sector, as well as equipping beneficiaries with the required vocational and technical skills,” said Barrishi.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador Chen Chuandong said that China’s continuous support of JRF stems from its appreciation of her Majesty Queen Rania’s community empowerment efforts; expressing its keen interest and readiness to work further with Jordan through the foundation by implementing social and economic development projects designed to support the socio-economic well-being of Jordanians, especially women.

“We believe that empowering women is very important because we know that mothers are the key to the success and wellbeing of the family and the whole community. Through our partnership we will connect JRF with several organizations in China that are focusing on building the capacities of women,” noted Chuandong.

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