Women Entrepreneurship activity at Alola Org. in Iraq. Before the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The small organization Alola, a partner of Norwegian Business Innovation Program (BIP), is doing very well with women Entrepreneurship activity in Iraq. In cooperation with (BIP) since 2015 they have more than 36 been certified trainers. These trainers are doing well and driving business training by themselves in all cities in Iraq.

Super Trainer, General Manager Layla Altamimi, started the organization and is supervising the activity. She says “BIP training gives life a voice”. Many women who have the trainings are of the same opinion and experience a big change in their life after the training.

The outcome of the cooperation the last the 4 years has been 36 certified trainers, 180 workshops, 3,750 participants, 1422 newly established businesses and 2,146 new jobs.

BIP itself has trained more than 50,000 participants and certified more than 300 trainers which has led to the creation of more 10,000 new jobs. What some of the trainers have to say:

Super Trainer Layla Altamimi;
“A door was opened for hope and a sense of importance and confidence. In every training session, a new life is cultivated, filled with optimism and the belief that someone is doing everything they can towards a better tomorrow, free of charge except for love and true faith. This is sincerity that come from a heart that believes in the meaning of the word humanity. May you keep giving your sincere tenderness all ALOLA TRAINERS.

Certified Trainer Hana Noori;
“Bring success to your life and start your business with ALOLA insights and training.

Mentor Trainer Nada Jamil Attia;
“When you see the happiness in others’ hearts, one day someone will sow it in your heart. In each training session we paint pictures of hope and optimism for the present and the future, believing that what you see today will be harvested tomorrow.”

Mentor Trainer Ahmed Taher;
“The best people are those who are those who create most benefit. It is an honor to be able to make dreams come true whenever we do a session of the Alola courses. Reviving hope in someone’s soul is one of the highest deeds, and we believe it is rewarded with faith and love.”

Mentor Trainer Bushra Abdulwahab;
“There is no such thing as luck without working together. We believe in seeking solutions and working will precede luck. When trainees smile, the moment the light of knowledge and empowerment enter their lives, we feel that the message has been delivered. Thanks to everyone who trained us, it is the cause of brightness and smiles.”

Mentor Trainer Fadhel Ouda Taher;
Economic empowerment courses have contributed to enhancing the role of women in society, by reducing the problem of unemployment among women. It also enhances their opportunities to obtain work and contribute to family income, especially among women taking care of their families. The participants not only changed their ability to succeed and advance economically, but also gave themselves the power to make economic decisions along with spreading a spirit of self-confidence.”

Mentor Trainer Zahraa Hussein Ali;
“At the beginning of each session, we feel confident to give training based on the participants own projects, spreading the spirit of exchange. At the same time, we give confidence, continuity and challenge all the obstacles facing women in their daily reality.”

Certified Trainer Shams Salim Dhmad:
“Hope is the key in our training sessions. We bring hope to the trainees. On the last day of the training, we see the first signs of success.”

Certified Trainer Yousra Raad;
“Sometimes you don’t need someone to give you an umbrella to protect you from the rain. You rather need someone to join you in the rain.”

BIP Trainer Hussein Tahir;
“Five days is all it takes to get new start for your life. So, join a BIP training course and move forward fast.”

Online Business Start Up Training implemented in Iraq.

In March 2020, the Covid-19 crisis hit the world. Isolation and social distancing suddenly became a part of our daily life. BIP's Start Up seminars in Iraq were temporarily stopped. Within a short period of time our competent staff and partners in Iraq changed to online seminars. BIP and our partner ALOLA now offers trainings to female entrepreneurs using WhatsApp as the platform for presentations and discussions.

Together with regional Vocational Training Centres and Youth Centres our trainers’ market and establish online groups of 20 – 30 women with business ideas. This makes it possible to deliver printed training materials. The seminar runs over 5 days and consists of online presentations, discussions via chat and submission of papers that are commented on.

The first training was introduced in April and turned out to be a success. Now we see that future Entrepreneurship seminars can be a mix of traditional trainings, digital meeting and follow up.