As a graduate of Health Management from Al-Quds Open University, Angham Rabe thought securing a full-time job in her field was a sure thing. Unfortunately, Angham couldn’t find a job in her profession and went to work in the field of online sales, which was short-lived.
Despite the difficulties Angham was facing navigating the scarce job market, she began working on an idea for a venture that she had while still in college. The idea was to establish Palestine’s first-ever women’s café. The premise was simple, yet all the more profound and impactful for women living in a conservative city, the café would be run by and for women. The café includes a space where women can enjoy a cup of coffee, have a light snack, read a book, or just hang out.
“What inspired me to pursue this project was the problems that I used to face in the university when hanging out with my friends. We never found a place where we felt could just hang out, celebrate birthdays, have parties, or feel comfortable to be ourselves.”
During this time, MENACatalyst launched its GIZ-funded Hebron entrepreneurial support project. Angham quickly joined and benefited from a range of services that incorporated business and financial development, strategic marketing, outreach, and connect with industry experts and leading professionals via mentorship sessions and webinars.
“I thank MENACatalyst for supporting my project. I had the idea for a women’s café for a long time but could not find any support, and bank loans come with ridiculously high-interest rates, but MENACatalyst stepped in and helped turn this idea into a reality.”
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