Community trainer Eman Khalil empowers the widows of Amman

Eman is a mother of four children in Amman, Jordan. After her husband passed away ten years ago, she struggled to provide a stable livelihood for her family. Eman began receiving sponsorship from Islamic Relief Jordan alongside an additional monthly stipend from the local government.

Eman invested her time in education, enrolling onto courses at the Jordan River Foundation, a local government organisation. After impressing the staff with her knowledge, energy and pro-active mindset, they asked her to work with them to deliver training to other women.

Her occasional freelance work provides extra income to sustain the needs of her children. In addition, she works as a volunteer trainer, giving support to vulnerable families in two of the local mosques.

She specialises in in training around early childhood marriage; women’s economic empowerment projects such as straw, soap and chocolate making; effective communication skills development; and time and anger management support.

In addition, she is an active volunteer with the local Sulaf Academy, helping to inspire young people by organising career fairs. Meanwhile, she encourages her children to persist with their education, which has resulted in them achieving high grades. One of her daughters is a talented writer and aspires to publish a book one day.

“When my husband died, I felt like all doors had closed and I didn’t want to do anything with my life anymore,” Eman explained. Her father had been able to support her until his death a few years later. “A dear friend came to me saying that I needed to wake up and do something better with my life. She took me to Jordan River Foundation and registered me onto various courses as they were free of charge. Since then, my life changed, and I now feel that I’m a strong woman and I can do anything!”

“I believe that we should all work to empower ourselves as widows for us and for our children so that one day, they too will become active members of our community and give help to anyone in need.”

When asked what her future aspirations were, Eman added “I pray to Allah to bless me with a lot of money so that I can sponsor every vulnerable child in the Al-Nasser area. For my own children, I hope to open a small business one day so that they can inherit a sustainable income, granting them independence.”

Case Study Author: Rawand Abu-Roza