MEANINGFUL TRIPS

 Baraka Destinations

Baraka Destinations

Baraka Destinations was created to partner with local communities in secondary tourism sites to design and build tourism experiences that showcase their hometowns to curious travelers. You’ll find them working in areas often forgotten by tourists, or visited for an hour or two just to tick a list. With them you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the hidden gems that most tourists would miss, get to connect with the people that call it home, and enjoy a memorable and high quality travel experience.

 Summaga Café

Summaga Café

Summaga Café is a relaxed all-day café and restaurant that offers an authentic taste of Ajloun. It is run by Al Kifah Society, a cooperative of 25 organic farms in the Ajloun area. The menu is based on the local ingredients produced by the farms, homemade dairy products, preserves, honey, herbs and spices as well as traditionally foraged herbs and greens presented through simple, traditional dishes typical to the area. Dishes are prepared and assembled on the spot and served with warm Jordanian hospitality.

 Bayt Khayrat Souf

Bayt Khayrat Souf

This tranquil kitchen and garden serves up fresh breakfast with local goods, and provides lessons, training and jobs for locals. Bait Khayrat Souf is a unique place that combines the elements of nature and allows visitors to experience some of the natural and tasty pleasures of Jordan. The goal of Bait Khayrat Souf is to create a platform for local women to financially support themselves through opportunities for economic development in the heart of Souf. Pro tip: Don’t miss out on their special secret blend of coffee!

 Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

Iraq Al-Amir was established by Noor Al-Hussein Foundation (NHF) in 1993. Rich in historical sites dating back to the hellenistic era, the region is also famous for its many springs which turned the valley into a green garden that has become an important tourist attraction.

Iraq Al-Amir Women Cooperative Society has provided training projects for more than (150) women from all villages of Wadi Seer on various handicrafts and it is managed and run by women.

The Handicrafts Village which is considered a major part of the Society was established in 2001 for the purpose of conserving the region’s environment and preserving its unique architectural heritage. It also helps in developing craft-making skills to the local women and girls, and gives them a better chance of finding a job and contributing to their society.

 Syrian Jasmine House

Syrian Jasmine House

Many women that came from Syria are widowed or had to leave their husbands behind. They arrived in Jordan as the sole breadwinners for their families. The Syrian Jasmine House employs 70 women - the majority of whom are Syrian but the group also includes Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. They have trained more than 1000 women in the art of handicrafts. The company received a donation to fund the trainings, however they do not depend on donations; they are a business at the end of the day.

 Jordan River Foundation: Bani Hamida Women’s Weaving Project

Jordan River Foundation: Bani Hamida Women’s Weaving Project

In 1995, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah established the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) to promote child safety, women, and communities’ empowerment in Jordan. Today, the Foundation is recognized nationally, regionally and internationally as an agent for positive change and as a leading Jordanian institution contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of citizens.

Upon visiting the center, visitors are welcomed by the women weavers who are eager to show them their beautiful wool products, share their stories with them and provide them with the opportunity to have hands on experiences in using the weaving machines and possible take part in weaving their own carpet or basket they may want to purchase.