The RBG’s Income Generating Programme (IGP) recently received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
On November 15, 2011, RBG Executive Director Tariq Abutaleb signed an agreement with CIDA’s Gender and Social Fund (GSF).
The agreement provides the Royal Botanic Garden with 20,000 JDs to help develop the “Two and a Half Mountains” Artisanal Workshop.
Hala Gosheh, director of the Canadian fund in Jordan, and the RGB's (former) IGP Coordinator, Yasmine Pharaon, attended the signing ceremony.
The 8-month project will increase the capacity of the Artisanal Workshop, develop a custom business model, and create a sustainable economic and artistic partnership between the RBG and women in the local community of Tell Ar-Rumman.
In the coming months, the IGP will train local women in textile-based artisanal skills, fine-tune the design and production process, and work with business development experts to streamline operations and develop an effective cash-flow management system.
The project will also include collaboration with branding specialists, in order to design a visual identity for RBG products and position them in the national market.
Earlier this year, 14 women from the local community graduated from a 3-month sewing training course organized by the RBG's Income Generating Programme in Tell Ar-Rumman.