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Building women cooperatives in Jordan and selling local products

We are implementing a GIZ-funded project in Jordan, which demonstrates in practical ways how the sustainable use of ecosystem services can contribute to socio-economic development. Our project component provides specific case studies in the areas of ecotourism and rangeland management in rural Jordan.

In the Yarmouk district, our team got in touch with one woman who was highly interested in collaborating with the project as an individual. However, only community-based organisations are eligible for the local subsidies. The woman was so determined to work with the project that she gathered other women and founded the Shuleh Women Cooperative. They established a small shop for the sales of local products from traditional agriculture, such as olives, dairy, rain fed fruit and vegetables. Over the course of the project, the cooperative also established a local kitchen to offer authentic local food.