STORIES

The stories and meaning behind our work is as important to us as our economic data. We maximize our impact by working with local actors to design projects that fit their needs, hiring local staff to carry out the projects, and partnering with local institutions to ensure the impact continues even after our projects end. As a result, our stories come not just from our project beneficiaries, but also from our staff and partners. Below are a select group of stories that demonstrate our impact on-the-ground.

FEMALE-OWNED PRIVATE SCHOOL IN THE WEST BANK

 

MEII’s provided an entrepreneurial Palestinian woman with a loan guarantee and technical assistance, allowing her to ambitiously expand a private school of her own.

The woman’s personal experience, in which she was unable to finish her own education until after 10 years of marriage and raising three children, coupled with her desire to provide high quality, affordable education in her West Bank village, led her to open her own school in September 2012. In 2014, MEII initially guaranteed her loan of $200,000 from a Palestinian bank and later agreed to increase the size of the loan to $323,000. MEII also provided technical assistance, increasing her financial management skills and business confidence.

With MEII’s help, the woman was able to expand her land ownership from 500 to 5000 square meters to build a new and improved school, which opened in 2015. Her school has 300 students, 18 female staff members (out of 23 total), and five administrators. Her school teaches advanced curriculum in English and extracurricular activities. She is also planning on opening a summer camp beginning in the summer of 2018. The woman’s school provides children with the opportunities she didn’t enjoy when she was young, delivering affordable, accessible, and high-quality education to her village. Congratulations and thank you for helping further access to education in the West Bank!

 

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الارادة تحقق الاحلام

بالرغم من انها لم تكمل دراستها الثانوية بسبب عدم وجود مدرسة ثانوية في قريتها، الا ان ذلك لم يثنيها عن السعي لتحقيق حلمها بعمل مدرسة خاصة تقدم تعليم مميز بجودة عالية مبنية على تطوير وبناء الشخصية والمهارات الحياتية اضافة للانشطة اللامنهجية.

فبعد عشر سنوات زواج وانجاب ثلاثة اطفال اصرت هذه السيدة الفلسطينية على انهاء الثانوية العامة ومن ثم الحصول على درجة البكالوريوس في اساليب تعليم اللغة الانجليزية.

بدأ حلم انشاء مدرسة خاصة يراودها مع دخول ابنائها المدرسة حيث لم يكن التحصيل الاكاديمي بالمستوى الذي تتمناه. فبدأت باستئجار مبنى وتجهيزه لتتمكن خلال تسعة اشهر من افتتاح مدرستها و استقبال 170 طالب في العام 2012. لكن هذا فقط كان البداية لبناء مدرستها وفق اعلى المواصفات، حيث تمكنت تدريجيا من شراء ارض بمساحة 5000 متر مربع. في العام 2013 بدأت ببناء المدرسة عن طريق الحصول على تمويل بقيمة 200,000$ من احد البنوك الفلسطينية لترفعه لاحقا الى 323,000$  هذا التمويل لم يكن ممكنا لولا برنامج ضمان القروض لدى مبادرة الشرق الأوسط للاستثمار والتي قدمت لها ايضا الدعم الفني والتقني في الادارة المالية والمحاسبة من خلال برنامج تمويلي.

في عام 2015 حققت حلمها بافتتاح المبنى الجديد للمدرسة باحدث المواصفات والمختبرات كما توفر تعليم اكاديمي وانشطة علمية وترفيهية ورياضية مميزة للطلاب في القرية، تضم مدرستها اليوم 300 طالب وفيها 23 موظف. الاحلام لم ولن تتوقف ففي جعبتها المزيد.  


Female-Owned Optical and Vision Center

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*Due to moral hazard reasons, we have used pseudonyms in place of the entrepreneurs' actual names.

Tala, a young female entrepreneur with a bachelor’s degree in optics and vision science, worked in a health center as an optician after completing her studies. Following that experience she partnered with a friend, Yasmin, to open an optical and vision center in their city.


Patisserie SHOP

MEII provided this Palestinian entrepreneur with technical assistance, and facilitated a loan through its innovative matchmaking platform.

Photographs provided by Natalie Stephan, MEII Palestine Staff.


Kindergarten

This Kindergarten was founded 10 years ago by a dedicated and passionate educator who successfully built a wonderful reputation among parents, but who struggled with her financial performance.
MEII provided technical assistance and developed her booking and accounting system so that this ambitious entrepreneur could focus more on educating her 600 children instead of struggling with her back of the envelop financial system.   
 

Photographs and description provided by Fawz Abuhijleh, MEII Palestine Staff.


WEST BANK STRAWBERRY FARM

Mohammed and his two brothers own and work in a strawberry farm green house in a village near Tulkarem in the northern West Bank. They invested in a new method of planting strawberries in hanging pots, instead of soil, which dramatically increases production yield. However, without an accounting system, they struggled with their finances and financial performance.

Photographs and description provided by Fawz Abuhijleh, MEII Palestine Staff.


PALESTINIAN PHARMACY

Suzanne, a pharmacist living in a village near Ramallah, is an ambitious and active entrepreneur. She is not only the founder and owner of two local pharmacies, but has become a beloved public figure within her local community and a role model for all the young girls in her village.

MEII helped her learn the skills she needed to record, track, and understand her financial transactions and develop new financial statements. The accounting software also allowed her to track stock quantity and manage the expiration of pharmaceutical products in her business. 

Photographs and description provided by Fawz Abuhijleh, MEII Palestine Staff.