Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative
About Our Artisan Partner
Based in Jordan, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative has empowered a community of skilled craftswomen since 1993. The artisans are mostly single women from rural communities, many of whom have worked with the cooperative since its beginnings. However, in recent years, many young women whose families chose not to fund higher education have also been recruited. Four women in the co-op currently hold a high school degree, but the majority have had limited access to formal educational opportunities. The income earned through Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is essential to supporting their livelihoods, especially considering the current decrease in farmland that has left many community members in poverty.
As these women are primarily single, they achieve economic independence through this dignified work; more than half of them provide financial support to their families. Without this opportunity, many of them would remain secluded in their homes and rely on their fathers and brothers. Through the co-op, they have the ability to take on leadership roles and make significant decisions for the betterment of their communities.
Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative consists of four different workshops: ceramics, papermaking, soap, and weaving. It is the oldest independent women’s cooperative in Jordan and a proud member of the Jordanian Cooperatives Association.