Since 1998, Hiba Salaq has been running a kindergarten in a small village west of Irbid. When it opened, it accommodated 40 children, a number that has now increased to around a hundred. Most children come from the villages in the area, while others come from long distances. Hiba earned her success thanks to a pedagogic philosophy that appealed to parents. But Hiba describes the financial side of her business until recently as “a complete mess.” Her private finances were mixed with those of the kindergarten, and when the school bus broke down one day it made her realize that something had to be done.
Hiba attended a series of training seminars provided by the Qudorat program, which she says completely changed her view of her business. “Many organizations provide micro loans, but money alone does not take you anywhere if you do not have the skills to run a business,” Hiba says.
Management and accounting skills she once lacked she now uses on a daily basis. At a post-training follow-up session, the Qudorat staff could see a drastic change in Hiba’s approach to her business. Today, she is entirely self-sufficient. She and her three teachers efficiently run all aspects of the kindergarten, and she looks forward to further expansion.
The Sareeh Charity Society
The Sareeh Charity Society was established in the early 1960s in northern Jordan, consisting of 400 members. Its main objective was to extend support to the poor community of the Sareeh. At the time of its application to Qudorat in 2005, the Society’s most noteworthy achievement was the establishment of nurseries for children. Due to the poverty level of the area, Qudorat saw a lot of potential in the new board of members’ ability to offer services to the community.
Qudorat placed the active members of the Society through intensive core capacity training, focusing on the three categories of local community participation, NGO development, and income generating project management. After their training, the Society submitted Qudorat with a project proposal and feasibility study for a salt tablet factory, including product marketability and cost analysis.
Their project was accepted by Qudorat; however, the Society continued to expand its growth by applying its members’ newly acquired communication skills to approach other donors. The Sareeh Charity Society has also begun an ongoing dialogue with the local community, participating in monthly interactive meetings to evaluate the community’s needs in order to better serve them.
Another of Qudorat’s key achievements with the Sareeh Charity Society has been the introduction of female members to the previously all-male Society. Ten women are now active members within the Society, with a target of 30% female membership. The project coordinator from Qudorat is a female.