Kefah, 53 years old, is a single man who faced the fact that he is handicapped and looked for a strong point a long time ago. Kefah found that he likes to draw and he is good at it. He also started to make wooden toys for himself when he was young and he was good at that too. After growing up, he decided to dedicate all his power and energy to the work of making crafts, wooden crafts in specific. He even enhanced the equipment he needed in a way that could fit with his disability.
It has been 36 years since he started professionally working as a carpenter or wooden crafty man. During these years, he participated in many exhibitions, sold a lot of handmade pieces and even won a prize in one of the competitions that occurred in Jordan.
Today Kefah has applied for a loan to work on fixing a few tools and to buy new ones to continue making those beautiful wooden crafts like the vases shown in the photo.
About National Microfinance Bank
Jordan is a small country located in the heart of the Middle East’s Levant region. Regional instability has caused Jordan to be excluded from global investments for decades. Additionally, a lack of natural resources—including water and energy—places tremendous strain on the Jordanian economy, over 80% of which consists of small businesses, largely in the service industry. Despite their importance in the economy, many of these businesses are excluded from the banking sector because of their size. Microfinance institutions like National Microfinance Bank offer them an opportunity to enhance and expand their businesses. NMB also offers its services to other underprivileged peoples in Jordan, providing them with loans to pursue educational goals and improve their homes and livelihoods.