Dalal A’meir “Um Ibrahim” is a married woman and a mother of five children from Bala’ village, Tulkarem governorate. Dalal is a housewife and she used to help her husband in agriculture. She has a 25 year experience in cultivating roses and flowers. She gained this experience from her husband who is a farmer and has a long experience in the cultivation of many kinds of roses and flowers such as Gory, Kala and Gerbera.
Dalal heard about the “Steps” project through the Tulkarem Chamber of Commerce. After obtaining detailed information on the project, she was encouraged and registered to participate in it, especially that her dream to open a shop for selling the flowers that she and her husband cultivate was postponed until their financial situation improves.
To start her enterprise, Dalal received a 10 day training course on the preparation of feasibility studies for small enterprises. After completing the course she obtained a grant of $2,610 and a loan of $9,500.
Dala says, “I very much benefitted from the training provided by ACAD. I learnt many things related to project management including administration, marketing, how to calculate market share and capital, how to record profits, costs and expenses and others. I communicated the information I obtained from the training course to my husband and sons, who strongly encouraged me to participate in the training. They are my supporters in this enterprise and we work together to make it successful. To further develop our work, we moved to live in Tulkarem city so as to be always present and available in the Orchid shop and the flowers nursery as well. I believe that those who wish their dreams and aspirations to be achieved must make sacrifices and strive to reach what they wish and seek."
Dalal hopes that her family will be able to buy land so as to have their own roses and flowers farm and another for planting saplings. This is because the current farm is on a rented land. They also buy saplings and plant them in their farm. She believes that when land is available, production will be theirs from the sapling to the cut flower.