Yousef Al-Bouji hails from Rafah in Palestine. He is 11 years-old and has a physical disability. He’s one of the many children supported by an OFID co-financed project that has improved access to services such as education, physical therapy and psychosocial support. The project has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities living in … More Yousef from Rafah: “I wish I could fly a kite.”
Living in the Gaza Strip, where running a business is next to impossible, Abed El-Naser Badrasawi has never given up. In 2004, the 49-year-old microentrepreneur started up a waste recycling workshop. Abed collected discarded copper and aluminum and scavenged for plastic. The income he earned from selling these materials enabled him to provide for his … More Standing tall against all odds – Abed from Gaza
Thirty year-old Doaa Althalathin from Palestine, an OFID 2015 Scholar, studied for a Master’s in Poverty and Development at the University of Sussex in the UK. “The international experience changed my thinking about poverty reduction. During my studies in the UK, I met people from different countries who had shared a similar experience or the … More “There is still hope in the world” – Doaa from Palestine
Ahmad Fayyad’s land in the northern West Bank was once arid and uncultivated, but now it’s coming to life. A thin carpet of luscious green alfalfa has brought a ray of hope to Ahmad and his family of 13, which relies on its 500 sheep for milk and meat.
“My computer center has become very successful. University students use it to type their assignments and research and print their work. Access to micro-financing has made my life much easier, personally, as well as for my family.
“I have always wanted to be an engineer, and today I’m so proud of being one after years of hard work.