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Madaba women to benefit from Japanese-funded kitchen project

By : staff writer

Jordan Daily – The Japanese government has handed over kitchen equipment to the Greater Madaba Municipality, a move aimed at empowering women seeking employment in the region.

In a statement , the equipment, funded by a grant of $90,183 from Japan, will be used in the Madaba Production Kitchen, a project designed to provide skill training and job opportunities for women.

The handover ceremony took place on Wednesday, with the presence of Mr. OKUYAMA Jiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Jordan, and Mr. Aref Al-Rawajeh, the Mayor of Greater Madaba Municipality. The initiative is part of the municipality’s “Strategic Plan for Local Economic Development 2019-2021”, which aims to reduce the high unemployment rate in the region by enabling local women to become economically independent.

During the ceremony, Ambassador OKUYAMA praised the municipality’s commitment to social and economic development, stating, “We understand that in Madaba, there is a scarcity of job opportunities for women. To tackle this problem, the municipality focused on promoting the advancement of women in the labor market in its regional development plan, and established the Madaba Production Kitchen. We believe that your initiative will play a positive role in enhancing the livelihood in the region.”

Since 1993, Japan has extended more than $10 million in grants for 159 projects to non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, and local governments in Jordan under its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects scheme.

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