Green Creations is a leading social business in Aqaba, started by World Associates in 2009. The project employs local female artisans to make jewelry out of recycled materials. Merging poverty alleviation with environmental awareness, this innovative business is breaking uncharted territory in Jordan.
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On many mornings in Aqaba, Jordan, ladies can be seen laughing, talking, and drinking tea while creating unique hand made items from an unexpected source….recyclable materials others have deemed as trash. The passer by would never imagine the path these ladies have taken to get to the center each day- divorced, widowed, or married to a man who already has multiple wives, many struggling to pay for basic needs. Despite these backgrounds, the Green Creations artisans are strong and resilient women. They have chosen to live out their lives in dignity, knowing that they have the ability to shape their own lives and those within the community of artisans.
Green Creations started in December of 2009 as a World Associates project. The purpose of GC is to facilitate the development of creative life-giving community for women in need. Green Creations trains individuals to use recycled materials to create income generating products: beads, jewelry, purses, and more. The program began with five hard working ladies who developed each component of each unique item. These items are marketed and sold to the tourist market in Aqaba and in a variety of venues in the United States. More than 70 ladies have been interviewed for the program which now employees 13 qualified ladies.
We desire to see a new generation of creative recycled products developed for the growing tourist market in Aqaba. More importantly, we empower individuals who are trained to make a living based on their skills and to find value in the relationships they establish within their Green Creations family.
World Associates, P.O. Box 936, Aqaba, Jordan 77110