AISHA:  Resilient Refugee Women Project

This project addresses poverty alleviation and empowerment of women refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, will be examining the impact of grassroots micro-entrepreneurship on the lives of the women and their families.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DfID) ESRC DFID GRANT Reference ES/N014405/1 Poverty Alleviation and Women Refugees in the Middle East: Empowerment through Grassroots Micro-Entrepreneurship.

Due to Syria’s devastating civil war, approximately 80% of Syria’s artisans have left their trade, and fled to neighbouring states in search of safety and security resulting in a grave threat to Syria’s cultural heritage. However, whilst there remains a marginal community of artisans in Syria, the forcibly displaced ones in Jordan are reviving their cultural heritage crafts by operating in Jordan’s informal economy and adopting economic and cultural survival strategies to create their own pathways and networks to provide a livelihood for themselves and their families. The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in extreme poverty with minimal prospects for economic, social and cultural development and integration.