Leena

Palestinian Delegation, 1996
Seeds of Peace Fellow, 2016

IMPACT: ECONOMIC

Supporting unemployed Palestinian women who want to enter the workforce.

How are you impacting your community?

I earned my degree from the Hebrew University, and completed several courses in group facilitation, negotiation, and mediation. In 2004, I became the first Seed to join the Seeds of Peace staff in Jerusalem and helped coordinate various regional and multinational programs.

For the last five years, I have been working with local community advancement organizations in East Jerusalem focused on economic development. I have also worked with non-governmental organizations including Be-Atzmi and Mati. I believe that economic sustainability should be achieved through the promotion of small enterprise and helping women enter the job market, and my work has focused on the areas of women’s employability and entrepreneurship.

My work includes coaching and training unemployed women to assist them enter the workforce. Many of the women I work with have never help jobs due to social or economic obstacles. I work with them to breach these obstacles. I also work to develop small enterprises through capacity building and financing, as well as tackling planning, marketing, and financial difficulties often faced by entrepreneurs in Jerusalem. Driven by the successes of my clients, my project is to continue helping people in my community to reach their goals.