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Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas

In Arabic, forsa means opportunity. True to its name, the FORSA project was dedicated to providing opportunities to young women in Upper Egypt’s impoverished and underserved governorates of Souhag and Assiut.

Project Date: 2011 - 2014
Funder: USAID
Country: Egypt

1,400+ women provided with training and jobs

112,500+ women educated about essential health issues affecting them and their families

8,600+ women trained in life skills and empowerment

2,650 women provided technical and financial assistance to start their own businesses

What We Did

  • Partnered with 81 local organizations, building their capacity so they can better serve their communities
  • Recruited and trained 1,350 outreach workers—most of them young women, many of whom had never before been employed—who gained valuable skills and experience through working, counseling others, and becoming leaders in their communities
  • Led a series of Egyptian Women Speak Out workshops, attended by 8,500+ women, that built self-confidence and self-efficacy and prepared them to play more productive and fulfilling roles in their homes and communities
  • Awarded micro-grants to 2,650 women to start their own small businesses
  • Helped women and girls gain control over their sexual and reproductive health, so they can earn income and participate in decision-making in their communities

Project Staff Members

Mohamed Abou Nar

Chief Programs and Impact Officer

Mohamed has more than 20 years of experience in international development, quality management, project design, implementation, and...

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