In 2012, the Future Eve Foundation launched the Amal (meaning ‘hope’ in Arabic) Project in three villages in rural Minya, Egypt. Amal started as a humble effort to economically empower widows and female breadwinners through vocational and financial literacy training, as well as micro-finance and innovative micro-social savings and lending groups. Amal equips widows with the resources and support needed to establish microenterprises, and in turn to sustain themselves and their families. More importantly, the Amal Project is premised on an oath that every widow takes to support other widows on their journey to self-relieance once she is able to stand on her own feet.
Through critical seed funding and technical support from the Global Fund for Widows, venture philanthropy investment from Alfanar, and growth funding from UK Aid, the Future Eve Foundation has grown this project to fifteen villages in Minya, five villages in Beni Suef and four urban slum areas.
In 2015, Alfanar piloted the Amal Project with The Women’s Program Association (WPA) in the Burj al Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.
To date, the Amal Project has transformed the lives of 6,400 widows in Egypt and Lebanon and we have only just begun. With your support, we hope to signifiantly expand the reach of this unique investment.