Mariam's Path to Skill Development and Confidence


Photo: UN Women
Photo: UN Women

Mariam Al-Gharableh, a Jordanian widow and mother of four, resides in Aqaba, Jordan. Before her enrolment at the Oasis centre, Mariam lacked work experience and had only been engaged in a Hairstyling Training and a Soap and Perfume making course. Her introduction to the Oasis centre came through her relatives. 

While she was initially hesitant due to the centre's distance from her home and the extended time commitment to attend its programme, Mariam adapted and found the experience rewarding. The diverse community at the centre allowed her to learn how to interact with people from different backgrounds and personalities. Technically, she acquired numerous tailoring skills and techniques. 

The course boosted Mariam's confidence, making her a better tailor and improving her interpersonal skills. Post-course, she expanded her business, "Al Makarem," to include bag-making, drawing on the knowledge gained at the centre. At "Al Makarem," Mariam creates soap, perfumes, and bags. 

"I recommended the programme for many women I know, so they can benefit as much as I did." 

The Oasis Model has notably enhanced its reach, establishing a total of 22 centres that have significantly empowered over 30,000 individuals, predominantly Syrian refugees, and vulnerable Jordanian women, including a substantial number with disabilities. Recognized for creating safe, inclusive spaces, these centres have provided crucial cash-for-work, skill development, and early childhood services. 

Mariam encourages women to work and educate themselves, emphasizing the importance of not staying idle at home. Her dream is for her business to thrive, achieving full independence. 

This personalized narrative echoes the transformative impact of the UN Women-operated Oasis centre, mirroring the success stories made possible by the European Union (EU) funding through the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, the Madad Fund, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. Mariam's journey illustrates the positive changes facilitated by the centre, echoing the sentiments shared by Dua’a in a similar context.