By Camille Dupire
Jordan Times, Amman
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Eman Toufic shares her journey from cooking for her family to creating a thriving business in her community.
For eight years, Eman Toufic had been preparing meals and pickles for Ramadan and other family occasions while nurturing the dream of establishing her own restaurant in her hometown Tafileh, 183 kilometres southwest of Amman.
“The community and my family even were totally refusing the idea of a woman working in a restaurant from 7 am until 7 pm, but, after all these years working so hard, I was able to prove them and myself that I had the ability and skills to run a restaurant from A to Z,” Toufic told The Jordan Times, voicing her pride to have made “her dream come true”.
In 2016, a service provider assigned by USAID Local Entreprise Support Project (LENS) visited her restaurant, asking her about her business legal formality, the products she serves, and her willingness to attend training focused on the restaurant industry and hospitality.
“They asked me about my commitment to the business and my desire to attend a variety of trainings to improve my business. I filled out a questionnaire and to my biggest surprise, I think that I met their selection criteria as I was accepted into their training programme,” Toufic recalled with enthusiasm.
“This support from USAID LENS enabled me to expand my business and make it as a successful restaurant owner and manager. I learned how to set budgets and market my business through trainings on financial management, food packaging, customer service, menu design and planning skills, among other topics,” she recounted, adding that they also provided her with an in-kind grant to purchase the equipment needed for her facility in November 2017.