I plan to open an independent training place to train women on how to draw on wood and glass and embordered; I want to empower them just like how Microfund for Women empowered me
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Reem, a Syrian woman and mother of four, took refuge in Jordan in 2013, fleeing the unstable political conditions in Syria. She and her family left her blooming business in Damascus and lost her job in a clothing company. At the beginning of their new life in Jordan, her husband worked as a chef in a restaurant. Still, he had a heart attack that made him stay home; therefore, he lost his job because he couldn’t work for long hours a day and be prone to tiredness, or his condition would worsen.
Here, Reem found herself in charge of supporting an entire family of six. She started working in a boutique and volunteered in an institution to help refugees, enabling her to take a free sewing course.
After that, Reem and her family moved to another house; after settling down, she started to get to know her neighbors and formed a lovely bond with them after providing them with free tailoring services. She was hoping to turn them into her loyal customers.
To buy a sewing machine, she applied for a fund from Microfund for Women, which allowed her to purchase a used sewing machine and other materials. She then rented a small shop that later she turned into a tailor shop. Today she and her son are working in that shop offering her services for a reasonable price, saying that the more people are pleased with my services, the more will come back and spread the word
Reem has many dreams she hopes to achieve, both in her business and in her personal life. She dreams of expanding her business and buying new and specialized machines. She also wants to start providing dry cleaning services. She also wants to save money to get her son back to school to study political science and fulfill his dream of working at the United Nations one day.