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Iraq Al-ameer Women Association

Jordan / Amman

The story of the Iraq Al-Ameer Women’s Association began in 1996 when Her Majesty Queen Noor inaugurated the latest development projects in the Wadi Al Seer Villages. The center includes many wonderful manufacturing departments, such as the handmade paper composed of various plant fibers, natural colors for dying, and more. The paper products are completely environmentally friendly, and the textile and ceramics are entirely handmade, with each meeting the special requests of many customers. The Center has been supported by the Ministry of Planning, which has made the Center's work increasingly extensive. The women in the Center have transformed from shy village women to business women who have the ability to contribute financially to their homes, help their families and society, and manage their own projects – despite all the challenges and difficulties within their small community.

The Challenges

The story of the Iraq Al-Ameer Women’s Association started in 1996 when Her Majesty Queen Noor inaugurated the latest development projects in Wadi Al-Seer. The Center includes many manufacturing departments, such as the handmade paper industry and the handcrafted weaving and ceramic products. Initially, many women from the community faced difficulty in working because of the rural culture, which does not allow them to work; however, over time they have turned from shy village women to strong business women with the ability to contribute financially to their homes. They help their parents and their community and now have the ability to manage their own projects.

Impact of work

What makes the products of the Iraq Al-Ameer Women’s Association distinctive is that each piece of art is made individually by a local community woman in the Wadi Al-Seer Village, and the main materials used, such as paper, are made of natural materials and colors. Additionally, each product is completely safe and environmentally friendly.

The impact of the work of the women of the Wadi Al-Seer Village is not limited to them or their income; instead, but it has had a great impact on their personalities and the spirit of productivity and determination. Once-shy women and housewives have turned into women with great determination and the wonderful ability to manage production in ways they never could have before. Each woman has given back to her family, home and society, whether by introducing her children or relatives to schools and universities, by contributing to the cost of building and maintaining homes, or by contributing to the expenses of their families. The women of the Iraq Al-Ameer Women’s Association society have made a great difference in their society: the community looks at them as an example among the rest of the village women.

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