Vocational Training: Amira’s Story
Amira lives with her husband and five children in Baqa’a camp for Palestinian refugees north of Amman. Amira learned about a vocational training centre from her neigbour, which offers a variety of training courses. “I never thought that I would one day have a business of my own, I always wanted to be a beauty care expert makeup artist, the beauty care training I took was the best way to fulfill my career aspiration,” Amira said.
With support from the Government of Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Save the Children has set up 10 vocational training centres in Amman, Zarqa, Salt and Karak governorates, offering trainings in data entry, food production, car maintenance and beauty care. After the trainees complete the two-month vocational training, they receive 500 JD ($700) to start-up their own business. The training centre also provides participants who have young children, a day care facility during the training period.
“The idea of starting my own business scared me, and opening my own beauty salon was a big challenge for me, but luckily my parents encouraged me and helped me find a location to start my business,” Amira said. Amira opened her salon in July 2015 starting with second hand equipment she bought. According to Amira, her work peaks around the holidays and during the summer, which in Jordan is the wedding season. Most of her costumers are her neighbours, relatives and friends.
“My dream is for my business to grow, I am looking forward to bringing more women to help me at the salon, to encourage them to also start their own businesses,” Amira said.