The US Consulate in Jerusalem sponsored a visit by American small business and entrepreneurship expert Steve Strauss to the West Bank. As a primary point of reference in Nablus, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization was chosen to host Steve’s workshop for women entrepreneurs. The participants and steering committee of TYO’s collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus joined Steve for an informative and thought-provoking session. (Read more about the workshop here.)
Following his visit, Steve wrote,
“On my first day in Nablus, I met with a group of young Palestinian women entrepreneurs. These dynamic young women were in various stages of starting a business. For example, the woman in the attached picture is Hayfa’ Mobarakah. Hayfa’ is a 23 year old chemical engineer who also happens to live in a refugee camp. She is starting the first recycling business in Palestine (no one here, not even the Israelis I met, call it the “West Bank” and they were surprised we did) and she is on the verge of getting a patent for her product.”
Read the rest of the article online here and stay tuned to our blog for news of Hayfa’s progress, as well as the other 11 young women in TYO’s entrepreneurship program!
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