(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Amman, May 4 (Petra) –– Royal Court Chief Yousef Issawi Saturday led a ceremony to launch the royal initiative to empower poor and low-income families in the Badia region and improve their living standards and incomes, through providing finance to small-sized enterprises.
During the Royal Court ceremony, a number of agreements were signed between the Jordan River Foundation and 29 charitable societies in the Northern, Central and Southern Badia regions, which were selected according to fixed criteria taking into account their capacity and potential to implement the initiative and reach the targeted families.
The initiative aims at financing income-generating projects across the Badia region, providing training to beneficiary families in launching and managing projects and ensuring their sustainability, in addition to training and building the capacity of targeted civil society institutions to enhance their role in serving the local communities and to become an effective partner in implementing the initiative.
In its first phase, the initiative targets 200 poor families in all areas of the Badia through launching 200 small-sized projects.
Addressing the ceremony, Issawi said that improving living standards, achieving sustainable development and ensuring a fair distribution of its dividends in all of the Kingdom's regions are top of His Majesty King Abdullah's priorities.