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IF Recently completed a number of events during the no cost extension of the WIES project including:


An advocacy event in Baghdad
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A Family Financial Planning Session
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Job Fairs



and Marketing Training


The Iraq Foundation (IF) is pleased to report that 4 WIES beneficiaries were linked to job opportunities during this reporting period. Three started working as tailors in Al-Akhawin Factory in Baghdad, and one started working as a housekeeper for a Lebanese firm based in Basra which is specialized in biological research for the oil industry, she was hired for $700/ month.   As part of the marketing strategies developed by WIES, improving marketing for businesses-owned by females heads of household (FHH), IF contracted Al-Nijoom Company to produce 100 electronic ads to help WIES beneficiaries advertise their products. During this reporting period, IF was granted a 3 months no cost extension (NCE) for the project from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in the provinces of Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. IF amended its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iraqi Women Association in Maysan, Al Ferdos NGO in Basra and contracted 2 NGOs in Baghdad: the Iraqi Women’s League in Baghdad and Um Al Yateem. As a result ofthe NCE, the following was achieved:   27 FHH received advanced marketing for their businesses in Maysan.   33 WIES families (33 women, 7 men) in Baghdad and Basra attended family financial planning sessions. Female and male members of the household gathered with a third party to reflect on the proper allocation of  income generated by project activities.   IF contracted The Voice of Joy radio station to produce 100 radio spots advertising WIES supported businesses in the three provinces.

WIES beneficiaries started working in Al-Akhawain Tailor Factory


Family Financial Planning Sessions-Basra


Financial Planning

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Family Financial Planning Sessions-Baghdad/Karkh

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Advanced Marketing training in Maysan

Financial Planning Maysan

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WIES beneficiaries receiving the marketing strategies assistance




WIES beneficiaries during marketing mentoring session





WIES beneficiaries received in-kind donations to support their businesses from philanthropists




Charitable market in Basra





Charitable marketing event in Maysan




As part of WIES support for FHH’s businesses, IF has established web based ad’s promoting for FHH’s business as part of marketing and networking assistance provided to the FHH’s.

The ads were disseminated through social media and Electronic journals in attempt to help marketing the FHH’s products and linking them to small contracts to support their businesses.

IF Advertises

IF, in cooperation with its WIES program partner Al-Firdaws, held a charitable networking market on August 14, 2014, at Basra Central Library. The event sought to link 15 WIES beneficiaries with networking opportunities to expand their businesses and markets and sell their products.

The event was attended by Basra provincial council members, civil society representatives, and representatives from private sector businesses. The event was also attended by local and national media, and the beneficiaries had the chance to talk about their experience with IF and the WIES initiative.

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Update for April, May and June

The Iraq Foundation (IF) is pleased to report that 37 WIES beneficiaries were linked to grants/ loans including: 9 WIES beneficiaries received ID100, 000 each in Nineveh, 3 WIES beneficiaries received ID 1 million no interest loan each from Mr. Zahran Nasir Al Batat in Maysan, 2 WIES beneficiaries received $100 each in Daiyala and 23 WIES beneficiaries received ID 5,000,000 donation that was made by Mr. Thair Abdulzahra, businessman and owner of Time Square shopping center. The beneficiaries received either ID200, 000 or toolkits at equal or higher monetary value.

40 FHH accepted job offers contributing to a total of 137 job placements to date. Furthermore, 88 new employment opportunities were identified contributing to a total of 303 opportunities identified to date.

3 WIES beneficiaries were placed in the apprenticeship program. 57 WIES beneficiaries concluded the marketing strategies training.

WIES grantees


Shaymaa Yas, WIES grantee, a widow and a mother of three kids, benefited from the different development programs that WIES offered and started her first business. Shaymaa is making $30/ day.


Suaad Mohamad, WIES grantee, a widow and a mother of two, started her first business selling dresses and cosmetics. She started her book keeping to record her revenues as a result of the project management training which was offered by the project.


2WEIS52WEIS5 Batoul Nasief, WIES grantee, a mother of five, started her first business tailoring for the neighborhood and selling detergents. She is making $80/day.

WIES Employment


Three WIES beneficiaries sign their employment contract in a local hairdressing saloon


WIES beneficiaries started their first job in Mosul

Networking opportunities





WIES beneficiaries participating in a networking event to market their products in Baghdad



WIES beneficiaries participated in a religious event conducted by the district council in Risala-Baghdad. FHH had the chance to market their products and establish contacts with potential customers.

Distribution of WIES grants in Basra

Marketing strategy training





January – March 2014

Apprenticeship: IF provided apprenticeship placement to 22 female heads of household (FHH).

Grants and Loans: IF is pleased to report that 42 WIES beneficiaries were linked to grants/ loans including: 14 in-kind grants from Iraq ex-football national team, captain Ahmed Radhi, the grants consisted of: hairdressing toolkits and sewing toolkits, and ID 12 million ($10,000) no interest loan from a philanthropist for 12 WIES beneficiaries in Maysan.



Grants and Loans


IF and in collaboration with partner NGOs and Marketing Expert, Dr. Saadon Chithir, initiated a 2-day marketing strategies training for 78 WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. The training curriculum was crafted by Dr. Chithir to fit WIES beneficiaries’ needs. The training tackled different marketing subjects including: marketing principles, targeting costumers, sustaining costumer’s relations and pricing methods.






During this reporting period IF and partner NGOs continued providing trainings, employment and micro credit access services for WIES beneficiaries in all the five provinces. 25 semiliterate FHH were trained on the work-oriented Arabic literacy. 58 semiliterate FHH were trained on job skills. 46 literates FHH were trained on job skills. 27 WIES beneficiaries were trained on business skills. 79 job opportunities were identified in different governorates. 29 FHH accepted job offers

Selected Photos:

Ten employment placements in a Bakery in Baghdad

FHH signing an employment contract with a Bakery in Baghdad

KAB training in Basra

Seven employment placement in a Bakery in Basra

Hope (Al-Ammal Workshop) in Diyala, established philanthropist donation

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) training course in Diyala on candles manufacturing

Loan utilized for dairy production project in Daiyala

Loan utilized for turkey breeding project in Diayala

Sewing training in Basra


Hairdressing training Basra


Sewing Training in Ninawa

Cooking training in Ninawa

Last Update: Friday, December 6, 2013

During this reporting period, IF staff members and partner NGOs representatives delivered training to the 225 semiliterate women for a total of 30 days in their provinces.

IF conducted job skills trainings according to the economic mapping conducted by the economic development expert (EDE) in each province. 60 semiliterate female heads of households (FHH) joined the trainings after graduating from the work-oriented Arabic training and 90 literate FHH joined the job skills trainings.

IF conducted business skills trainings to help participants launch new businesses according to the economic mapping. The 20 top semi-literate graduating women from the work-oriented Arabic literacy training and 100 literate women joined the training. IF leveraged two resources to deliver the trainings: the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) which will conduct Know About Business (KAB) training in Baghdad, Basra and Nineveh; and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) created by USAID’s Tijara project which will conduct How to start a Business training in Diyala and Maysan.

IF is pleased to report that during this reporting period the WIES team was able to identify 36 job opportunity in different governorates and that 3 FHH accepted job offers at a woman’s apparel shop, Medical clinic and a nursery.

The WIES team in each province, including an IF staff member, partner NGO representative and the EDE,  reached out to several banks, employers and organizations that may hire participants or provide funds for micro businesses at low interest rates to  FHH.

Selected Photos:

Job placement in Diyala

Job placement in Diyala

Literacy training in Baghdad Kerkh
Literacy training in Baghdad Rosafa

Literacy training in Baghdad Rosafa

Literacy Training in Baghdad Rosafa

Literacy Training in Baghdad Rosafa

Literacy Training in Baghdad Rosafa

Literacy training in Baghdad; One FHH, Bassima, started her business through these classes











Literacy training in Baghdad; One FHH, Bassima, started her business through these classes

Literacy training in Baghdad – Kerkh

Literacy training in Baghdad – Kerkh

Literacy training in Diyala

Literacy training questionnaire in Diyala


Activity 1.2 Provide 150 semiliterate FHH with tailored job skills training suitable for job placement

Hair Styling training in Diyala

Activity 1.3 Provide 150 literate FHH with a range of technical skills for job placement

Sewing training with Red Crescent organization in Nineveh

Hair styling training in Nineveh

Hair Styling in Diyala

English classes in Diyala


Computer training in Maysan for literate women


Computer training in Maysan for literate women

Activity 1.4 Provide 150 FHH who wish to launch a new business with training in business skills

Know about Business (KAB) training in Kerkh

KAB training in Rusafa

KAB graduation in Kerkh

Business skills training in Diyala

Activity 1.5 Provide upgraded technical assistance to 35 existing women-owned MSEs

Joint meeting of marketing expert (Dr. Saadoon Chithirr) and economic development expert ( Dr. Emad Alaani)  the seven FHH who own existing buisnesses in Baghdad

Marketing Expert, Dr. Saadoun Chithir, meeting with FHH business owners in Maysan

Last Update: Wednesday, July 31, 2013