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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02923
Date : 06/06/2016
Caption : West Bank. Hebron. The ICRC supports families through micro-economic initiatives (MEI). Suzan, a 40-year-old mother of nine children and beneficiary, received equipment to open a film studio.
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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.
Suzan Jaber, a 40-year-old mother of nine children, lives in old city of Hebron, the area known as H2. A few years ago, she realised that the salary of her husband was not enough to cover the needs of their family. After a basic training in photography, she applied for a vocational training programme supported by the ICRC. Suzan studied film production, video editing, and dubbing, for five months at the Polytechnic University in Hebron. She also received a photo camera, a video camera, DVD recorder and studio lights. “Everyone has a dream. A small support from someone can help you turn your dream into reality,” said Suzan while editing a video on her computer. After the five-month training, and thanks to the equipment she received from the ICRC, Suzan opened her film studio in the heart of the H2 area in the old city of Hebron. “The training and the equipment that I received from the ICRC increased my self-confidence, so I decided to buy professional cameras, which I could not afford without credit. However, I believed that I would be able to pay off the credit from the income earned from these new cameras,” said Suzan proudly. Today Suzan is making a living running her film studio. She has become one of the breadwinners of her 11-member family. She currently splits her time between work and her family. “I film parties and weddings in Hebron and Bethlehem. I could work more and earn more money, but my family members, who live in a difficult quarter in Hebron, also need my daily support. I like being next to them and we are all happy with our life conditions now,” said Suzan. ICRC’s support via vocational training has helped 15 people living in H2 in Hebron to get their current job and generate income to support their families."
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