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Jordan: Rooftop farming initiative offers fresh start for the needy

“By pursuing an environmentally friendly activity, we have been able to create employment opportunities for women to work from their own homes while breaking the shame barrier that the culture imposes in female workers,” Rahaife continued

By Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto
The Jordan Times
Jan 22,2018


AMMAN — The rooftops of Karak are being turned into new agricultural spaces with “Be a Friend to the Environment”, an initiative founded by 30-year-old entrepreneur Faten Al Rahaife, which aims at creating new spaces for composting within rural communities.

“We create new spaces for cultivation on the houses’ roofs to make up for the lack of agricultural areas, planting products that are suitable to the nature of our region such as zaatar, marmara, potatoes a cucumbers,” Rahaife told The Jordan Times, stressing that “Jordan is a fertile land full of natural resources, while the nature of its climate is suitable for the cultivation, and we need to take into account these resources and what we can achieve with them”.

But Rahaife’s goals are two-fold, and while raising environmental awareness, the entrepreneur is also creating new employment opportunities for unemployed women, refugees and individuals with special needs.

“The idea came during a discussion session at the Tameem Bin Aws Al Dari civil society organisation, where we had to come up with solutions to benefit those in need using the available resources in our community,” the entrepreneur recalled.

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