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The Treadright Foundation Unveils New Storytellers Video Exploring Women’s Cooperative In Jordan

November 12, 2018 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

The TreadRight Foundation (TTC) – a not-for-profit supporting people, wildlife, and the planet for generations to come – has unveiled its newest video highlighting the organisation’s recently added People project in Jordan; the Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative. TreadRight led experience was hosted byTreadRight Ambassador Céline Cousteau, who was joined by a group of influential storytellers on a journey of exploration and discovery in awe-inspiring Jordan. The central goal of their trip was to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative’s important work and future goals, as well as the struggles they might face as they look to achieve them.

Unemployment for women in Jordan is at around 33% in urban areas and even higher than that in rural areas. The cooperative was founded in 1993 with the goal of making the women in theregion financially independent as well as raisetheir standard of living by increasing theirincome and preserving local heritage.

Managed and run by local women, Iraq al-Amirhas provided training projects on a variety ofheritage handicrafts for more than 150 womenfrom all villages of the Wadi Seer district of Jordan. The products are then also sold in the gift shop, as well as online.

The TreadRight Foundation is supporting the Iraq al-Amir Cooperative and together we’ll be working with this cooperative to upgrade the gift shop, as well as provide merchandising expertise, and allow the group to expand their food services, creating more income opportunities for the cooperative’s members, explains Jordanian sustainable tourism consultant, Muna Haddad. “We’re working together to help the cooperative to become a viable business.”

“As an organisation and with the support of the TTC family of brands, we are working to make travel matter. The Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is a perfect example of the kind of initiative that can harness the power of travel and tourism and use it to make real, sustainable positive changes in people’s lives,” says Shannon Guihan, Program Director, The TreadRight Foundation. “It was a privilege to be so warmly welcomed at the cooperative and to hear the women’s incredible and powerful stories of lives transformed for the better through Iraq al-Amir. Now TTC has the honour of introducing our audiences to those stories through our new video and by taking guests to visit the cooperative in Jordan.”

The TreadRight Foundation’s People pillar encourages the cultures, traditions, and arts of the communities TTC visits, seeking to enable these communities to experience the true benefit of travel and tourism through economic empowerment. This is achieved through support of micro-enterprises and community-based travel and tourism initiatives that build a positive future for community members and their families. TreadRight looks forward to helping TTC’s family of brands continue to make travel matter, working with influential storytellers, aligning with sustainability leaders, and partnering with meaningful projects across the planet.

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