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Enhancing the Socio-Economic Status of Women in South Lebanon

– Project Funded by European Union and managed by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform.
Main Partner: Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazionne (RC)
The Project aims to strengthen socio-economic status of women in the marginalized regions of South Lebanon through economic empowerment.

The specific objectives are:

1- Enhanced capacity building of 180 women entrepreneurs in South Lebanon by end of project.
2- Strengthened the institutional capacity of Kawkaba & Hasbaya Women Cooperatives

Where We Conducted the Project?

Lebanon, South Lebanon Governorate, Hasbaya & Marjyoun Regions, and specifically in Kfeir, Hasbaya, Fardees, Kfeir, Ain Qania, Mimes, Khiam and Jabal Amel vellages.

What We Did?

Capacity Building Training Workshops

LFPADE & RC collaborated with professional consultants and tailored a series of training courses that provided women with skills regarding quality control in food production and knowledge on key food safety concepts such as hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), good manufacturing practices, and good agricultural practices.

Exchange Visit to Italy

An exchange visit was arranged to Salento, province of Lecce, Apulia Region in Italy for 8 members from the targeted cooperatives to visit other cooperatives in Italy who work in similar products and to benefit from their experience and use this knowledge to improve the performance of the Cooperatives.

Participation in Local Exhibitions

Beneficiaries of the project and especially the two targeted coops participated in several local & regional exhibitions to introduce their products to the Lebanese public.

Food Safety Management System

Both Kawkaba and Hasbaya Cooperatives were renovated and equipped with updated equipment in a way that satisfies the food safety standards and will soon achieve an international certification for quality management system (ISO 9001).

Networking with Municipalities

The municipalities in targeted villages embraced the project and supported implementation of activities in their villages. They provided venues for training and provided any support required to make sure that the women in their villages benefit from the project.