Our Stories

  • Sawsan started up her business, Thimar, with her friend Taghreed from Jenin. Thimar received technical and financial support of around USD 6,000 through the “National First” initiative to enable them to market their products at the national level. The initiative comes as part of UNDP’s export development project, funded by the Government of Canada for the amount of USD 5.5 million.

  • Adding life to words – a voice from Gaza
    Oct 16, 2018

    SAWTI (my voice in Arabic) is an employment generation initiative launched by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People to develop the skills and capacities of talented young graduates from the Gaza Strip to enter the labour market.

  • Funded by Canada, a UNDP project supports Palestinian small and medium enterprises in the West Bank to increase their exports potential and access new markets.

  • Sameer and his family are one of 500 families in Gaza who are benefiting from the Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme, a pilot scheme designed to lift families out of poverty rather than simply alleviate the effects of poverty.

  • Ensaf Shuaibi, has been volunteering as the head of the Deir Ghassaneh Women Association for the past four years, after retiring from her work at the Ministry of Education. The purpose of the Association’s food production project is to provide women with a sustainable source of income.

  • Fatheya has a husband and 17 children to feed. The family has no income so she has to provide everything from the plot of land that surrounds her house. The family consumes most of what Fatheya produces but she also sells dried herbs and fruits to earn cash for clothes and other essentials.

  • Jamalat Dawod is a 38-year-old mother of five from Beit Duqu north west of Jerusalem. “Our food production project aims at providing families with products that are free of preservatives and chemicals”.

  • A UNDP-sponsored programme creates permanent employment opportunities through grants for microenterprises and helps over 66,000 families to graduate from poverty to economic self-reliance.

  • A small tractor is ploughing along a terraced field on a steep hillside north of Hebron. The neat lines of the retaining walls rise from the valley floor like steps and contrast to the rock and scrub on adjacent hillsides.

  • Imad Hamdouna, a 38-year-old father from Beit Lahia, who supports 10 family members, explains how farming is a way of life and a mean to live. Owning four acres in the north governorate of the Gaza Strip, Imad grows and distributes vegetables and fruits, especially strawberries, to local markets, and even international ones

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