By offering unique and hands-on cultural experiences for travelers, each of these social enterprises is satisfying the demand from travelers seeking authentic sustainable experiences that make a difference and their need to use the power of travel to help people and places thrive. If this is what you are looking for, you have come to the right place!
Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative
Iraq Al-Amir was established by Noor Al-Hussein Foundation (NHF) in 1993. Rich in historical sites dating back to the hellenistic era, the region is also famous for its many springs which turned the valley into a green garden that has become an important tourist attraction.
Iraq Al-Amir Women Cooperative Society has provided training projects for more than (150) women from all villages of Wadi Seer on various handicrafts and it is managed and run by women.
The Handicrafts Village which is considered a major part of the Society was established in 2001 for the purpose of conserving the region’s environment and preserving its unique architectural heritage. It also helps in developing craft-making skills to the local women and girls, and gives them a better chance of finding a job and contributing to their society.
Syrian Jasmine House
Many women that came from Syria are widowed or had to leave their husbands behind. They arrived in Jordan as the sole breadwinners for their families. The Syrian Jasmine House employs 70 women - the majority of whom are Syrian but the group also includes Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. They have trained more than 1000 women in the art of handicrafts. The company received a donation to fund the trainings, however they do not depend on donations; they are a business at the end of the day.
Summaga Café is a relaxed all-day café and restaurant that offers an authentic taste of Ajloun. It is run by Al Kifah Society, a cooperative of 25 organic farms in the Ajloun area.
The menu is based on the local ingredients produced by the farms, homemade dairy products, preserves, honey, herbs and spices as well as traditionally foraged herbs and greens presented through simple, traditional dishes typical to the area. Dishes are prepared and assembled on the spot and served with warm Jordanian hospitality.
Baraka Destinations was created to partner with local communities in secondary tourism sites to design and build tourism experiences that showcase their hometowns to curious travelers. You’ll find them working in areas often forgotten by tourists, or visited for an hour or two just to tick a list. With them you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the hidden gems that most tourists would miss, get to connect with the people that call it home, and enjoy a memorable and high quality travel experience.