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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02920
Date : 06/06/2016
Caption : West Bank. Hebron. The ICRC supports families through micro-economic initiatives (MEI). Marwan, a 48-year-old farmer and beneficiary, has been able to improve his farm and build a greenhouse. He goes through computer spreadsheets to check his monthly production.
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Description : Jesus Serrano Redondo’s article: “How Micro-Economic Initiatives Continue to Support Families in Hebron, West Bank. The ICRC has been working in Israel and the Occupied Territories since 1967. For fifty years, we have been assisting people during difficult times. After a recent evaluation of micro-economic projects that were established four years ago, we found that many still provide crucial livelihood support for the most vulnerable families.
Marwan Jaber, a 48-year-old Palestinian, lives in the area known as H2 in the old city of Hebron in the West Bank. Together with his two brothers, Hazem and Atef, they were struggling to support their families in 2012. Thanks to ICRC’s micro-economic initiative, the Jaber brothers were able to improve their farm and build a greenhouse to better nurture their crops. Today, they plant different types of vegetables throughout the year and are able to provide for their 20-member family. “I could not imagine that one day I would run a good business, I only dreamt of maximizing the few strawberry plants I had in 2010. The ICRC’s project has been a milestone in our lives,” said Marwan. “These days, we produce cucumbers and sell them fresh at the market. In a few weeks, we will replace the cucumbers with green beans. We optimize the greenhouse according to the demand in the market and use it the whole year.” In 2012, the ICRC helped different families to start or improve small businesses in H2. To this day, all the projects have generated an income of 15,300 USD per month, with an average of 1,020 USD per project. The total income has increased from 10,500 USD in 2011 to 18,700 USD in 2014. “
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