Rabee Zureikat (Grantee)
2009
Jordan

Translated from Arabic, Zikra means “memory”. Its goal is to promote greater equality through facilitating cultural exchanges and improving livelihoods. “Zikra” works to achieve this goal through a multi-faceted approach that includes voluntourism, a micro loan program, entrepreneurship and skills training, and arts workshops. “Zikra” encourages greater understanding of the culture and lifestyle of the Ghawarna by engaging domestic and international tourists, as well as students, in volunteer activities. The volunteer activities are based on “Zikra’s” exchange concept, in which an exchange of resources, skills, and knowledge takes place between the beneficiary and the volunteer. For example, visitors meet the local community, learn how to make bread, enjoy a traditional lunch, and pick vegetables — as well as experience the region’s natural beauty. Each pays a fee of JD22.5 (the equivalent of USD 32), the bulk of which is invested in a revolving loan fund. To date, more than 1,000 volunteers have supported “Zikra’s” approach, generating over USD 15,000. With vthese funds, “Zikra” has provided microloans to 15 families to develop businesses ranging from handicraft production to beekeeping.

Website: www.zikrainitiative.org