There are not many women-owned businesses in Zaatari camp. So we knew when we met Ahlam today, that she was special.
Ahlam started making medicinal and perfumed soaps as a hobby two years ago. Initially, she was just looking for something to keep her busy and provide a little pocket money. Now, she is one of the most sought-after soap-makers, selling her soaps in markets in Amman, and even teaching others her craft.
She used to receive supplies from a community organization, but they stopped distributing supplies in January. She needed the supplies to begin her business over again.
Today, we surprised Ahlam with new soap making supplies and molds!
“She had tears in her eyes – she was so touched,” said Manar from our team.
And Ahlam herself was screaming in excitement when she saw one particular item. “I’ve been looking for these soap molds!” she said.
Being a business owner has its challenges, especially as a woman in Za’atari. But Ahlam meets those challenges head on. “As women we have to stay strong and assert ourselves,” she said. “I persevere through my challenges and am motivated by the women I work alongside.”
Stay tuned tomorrow to hear more from Ahlam!