Queen Rania Visits Hai Nazal

October 14, 2008

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday presented grants to several women in the Hai Nazal area, to help them develop their own small domestic projects.

The financial contribution is in line with the Queen’s support of women who have the stamina and the will to initiate income-generating projects to improve the living conditions of their families.

During a meeting with some women beneficiaries of the Community Centres Association programmes, the Queen said that change for the best requires initiative, ambition and perseverance, noting that a simple move can change the entire life of a family.

During the meeting attended by the association’s president, Serri Nasser, beneficiaries presented their projects to Her Majesty.

Hanna, whose family consists of seven members besides her husband who does not work, explained how studying to become a beautician and hair dresser changed her life and helped her support her family.

Other women working in the garment industry, selling mobile phone cards or frozen vegetables told the Queen about their businesses and how these help them support their families.

The woman to whom the Queen presented a sewing machine on a visit to the centre on the occasion of Mother’s Day extended thanks for Her Majesty’s support, which, she said, changed her life.

Another woman said work provided her with the means to help her family bear the burdens of life, besides boosting her status and thus spurring her to do more.

Talking to the women, the Queen highlighted the need to be optimistic about the future and look at things positively.

Although life presents big challenges, one should be optimistic and take the initiative to shape the course of one’s life, added the Queen.

Queen Rania also visited two families who were lifted from abject poverty by the efforts of the working mothers.

At Amina’s rented house, the Queen spoke with her about her six-member family and her small business. Amina told the Queen how her making and selling pickles, different kinds of food items and pastries provided her with an income that helped the family move from the cave it used to live in.

Basma, whose family numbers nine members, sells garments and hopes to open a small grocery shop.

The Queen’s visit is part of her efforts to assist families and help them secure sustainable income.