Three female entrepreneurs from the Middle East are defying political and economic crises in their countries to kick-start businesses with the limited funds they have available to them. They hope to inspire women around the region to pursue their creative talents to find employment.
Due to the massive waste problems that many cities in the Middle East face, some entrepreneurs have began upcycling, a term used to describe using waste products to make useful recycled items. Arab Upcycling start-ups often stress the social good that comes of supporting them.
A social enterprise of 50 Syrian mothers displaced by war is ready to achieve financial stability with their online launch of handmade products. The women were able to launch their project in coordination with Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) a grassroots NGO in Istanbul.
More than 6,500 companies founded or co-founded by Syrians have been registered in Turkey since the 2011 start of Syrian civil war. Gaziantep alone has 1,250 companies owned by Syrians registered in their Chamber of Commerce as of 2018.
Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan has inaugurated TechWorks, The Crown Prince Foundation Initiative’s (CPFI) flagship innovation platform, that seeks to bring together community of young makers, thinkers and entrepreneurs