Women to Women Success has successfully reached out to 5 Lebanese ladies during the past year. The 5 women have attended several trainings aimed at developing their cooking, interpersonal, communication and time management skills, and business etiquette, in addition to trainings around food safety and hygiene, marketing and pricing strategy. They have also been actively involved in individual cooking sessions arranged by a number of Lebanese non-governmental organizations.
Women to Women Success assigns catering events that help promote and endorse the women’s dishes. They are also presented with corporate and individual business deals that reinforce their confidence in their own capacities and enable them to have a sustainable source of income. Aside from catering events and group deals, the 5 women also work harder to supply for special occasions including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Ramadan, Iftar, Easter, Father’s day, and other fairs and exhibitions that allow them to sell and market their products.
Competitions and awards
Women to Women Success was selected as one the 10 final projects in the GSVC, Global Social Venture Competition, that is managed by ESSEC Business School and partnered with USJ (Universite Saint Joseph) and Berytech: http://gsvc.berytech.org.
Women to Women Success was one the winners in the Nabad Competition, a Social Entrepreneurship Incubator launched by Arcenciel in partnership with Beyond Reform & Development, supported by the Promoting Active Citizen Engagement Program (PACE) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID): http://www.nabad-arcenciel.org.
USAID funded Women to Women Success's start-up untill June 8th 2013.
Folloing are details about the women’s work and achievements so far:
1. Widad Younes
Since she joined W2W, she has been working with Al Wadi Al Akhdar to prepare daily dishes for employees. She has also worked with Henkel and supplied daily meals.
Widad prepares 40 plus dishes per day at her home and delivers them on regular basis.
This allows for Widad to have a sustainable source of income, aside from the money she receives catering. She has also been part of the Civic Fair Day at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
2. Amal Soueidan
She has been selected to participate in Arab Women Entrepreneurship Program, AWEP, in partnership with Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Amideast.
Amal is currently recruited in a supermarket where she cooks daily dishes to be sold. This provides her with a fixed income; she is also assigned catering events and assists in special occasions orders.
3. Rosa EL Daccache
She had the chance to attend a cooking workshop in Zarif School. Parents of the students at the school were present and the workshop was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of healthy cooking for families. Mothers particularly enjoyed this section as Rosa presented tips regarding the presentation of the meals.
Rosa also sold products at the Christmas Bazar in Beirut Souks in Down Town. She is involved with different corporate events and participates in the Healthy Cooking Day with the international NGO, World Vision, in the South of Lebanon at Beit Leif and Rmeish.
4. Souhayla Itani
She has participated in the Arab Women Entrepreneurship Program, AWEP, in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Amideast.
Souhayla took part in the Healthy Cooking Day with the international NGO, World Vision, in South of Lebanon at Beit Leif and Rmeish.