Meet Boushra Hassanieh, the founder of Teabah, a locally farmed and produced natural tea line, inspired by the mountains of the Chouf where she resides.
Where many saw challenges in 2020, Boushra saw opportunities, On a personal level, and like most of us in Lebanon, Boushra has gone through ups and downs throughout the year.
Yet she kept going, with one goal, making a difference in her hometown by financially supporting women from her village and enlisting their services in harvesting and making tea blends for Teabah.
At just 23, Boushra knew that her community of women would inspire and motivate her to keep working, It is by helping them that she was able to renovate her workshop, sell her products online, participate in various accelerators and competitions, and last but not least, place her tea in select shops in Beirut.
Snack Al Ayoub
Join us as we journey South to Jdeidet Marjeyoun where 25-year-old Jiryes shares his passion for food but more importantly his love for his hometown. Growing up Jiryes quickly realized that youth his age were leaving Marjeyoun for the cities or even immigrating to work in other countries. Employment opportunities were scarce, if any, and were limited to agriculture and other labor work. Being ambitious, he started a food kiosk, which he has now managed to transform into quality Lebanese fast-food and sandwiches with support from Nawaya and GIL. Jiryes aspires to make an impact in his hometown by growing his business and creating jobs but more importantly, showing youth like him from neighboring towns that Marjeyoun can be a destination for them to visit and enjoy. Snack Al Ayoub was launched through UNICEF Lebanon's GIL - Generation of Innovation Leaders entrepreneurship program, funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lebanon and The Andan Foundation.
Make N Bake
Claudine, Tatiana and Youssef come together to build on their strengths in making food, design and e-commerce to bring Make'n'Bake to life. An online store that features quality, homemade jams, preserves, and other Lebanese favorites as well as a few other surprise menu items. Claudine, Tatiana and Youssef joined UNICEF LebanonGIL - Generation of Innovation Leaders in 2020, in full quarantine, and are learning to launch a business through this new normal, imposed by #COVID19. The Generation of Innovation Leaders program, GIL, is powered by UNICEF Lebanon and funded by the Government of the Netherlands and the The Andan Foundation.
Better English with Manar
Nineteen year old Manar went from being intimidated by the English language, to starting her own online classes which she hosts on her #youtube channel: Better English with Manar. An avid learner and even more passionate teacher, Manar dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Meanwhile, she works on helping others who want to learn English through simple and efficient classes! To register in any of her classes, simply visit her Youtube channel mentioned above. Better English with Manar is a project launched through the Generation of Innovation Leaders program, GIL, powered by UNICEFLebanon, funded by the Government of the Netherlands and The Andan Foundation.
25 year old Lebanese youth designs and builds tailor made industrial machines! Bassem's passion for designing and manufacturing machines led him to start his own Lebanese made tailor-made machines under the COPPE brand. Watch his story here to learn how he was able to turn his passion into a business, through the Generation of Innovation Leaders, #GIL, program, powered by UNICEF Lebanon and funded by the Government of the Netherlands and The Andan Foundation.
Adib, Mohammad, Nabih and Yasser, four brilliant youth from South Lebanon get together to create E-Farm, a project which addresses some of Lebanon's most prevailing issues in these strange and challenging economic times. The price of food, local farming, sustainable agriculture, and waste management. A sustainable vegetable and fish farming system that outputs organic produce at competitive prices, built by Nabih, Yasser, Mohamad, and Adib. E-Farm was launched with the support of The Generation of Innovation Leaders, powered by UNICEF Lebanon and funded by the Government of the Netherlands and The Andan Foundation.
Nineteen-year-old Nour, from Nabatieh, is an undergraduate of early child development and learning and psychology, yet her talent and passion for the arts shine through, She started experimenting with drawing and painting at a very young age, an area she'd excel at in school, A bit later on, she started experimenting with chocolate making and decoration. Nour joined the Generation of Innovation Leaders, GIL, program in 2019, but did not expect to turn her favorite hobby, chocolate-making, into a lucrative venture, She credits the program for learning how to set prices for her products and services, defining her profit margin, marketing as well as networking opportunities, shared experiences, and expert advice.
Rusty by Tala
Tala's sister who's a psychologist used to take her along to work at a mental asylum, There, she observed the various patients and their difficulties and felt responsible for their wellbeing, a feeling which Tala carried with her to her daily school studies, particularly, to the special cases section of her psychology class. At the age of eighteen, it was time for Tala to select a university major, the stepping stone into her future, She chose psychology, of course, as well as fine arts, as she'd always been talented at drawing and making craft, Much to her dismay, however, her father opposed both her choices, in his opinion, they would not enable her to "put bread on the table", ala remembers giving in to her father's wishes and majoring in business, a major which cost her four and a half years to complete, her heart was simply not in it. When she graduated, Tala went on to find work in business, a field she never felt any belonging to, She left after a while and was jobless for about a year and a half until she found work teaching art to children with special needs, a job that combines both her passions, arts and helping others, Her tenure in that job was also short, not for lack of passion but for being tied up by many rules that did not resonate with her. At a loss, and with limited options, Tala started an event company with her then-husband, where she would handle event decoration, There, she was free to express her creativity, but she didn't feel entirely fulfilled, she was not able to use her gift for helping others, At this point, she and her husband decided to keep pushing through, with a baby on the way, they needed a steady income so that they could buy furniture for their home and provide for their child.
24-year-old Abdallah is one of many youth who have gone through The Generation of Innovation Leaders program with Nawaya in the South to come up with a micro-enterprise and improve their livelihoods. Abdallah used to work with a cooling and heating repair company prior to joining GIL, Yet he never gave up on his dream of becoming self-employed and independent. Through GIL, Abdallah was able to launch his own micro-enterprise which specializes in heating and air conditioning repairs, as well as the repairs of other household appliances.
As an interior design graduate, Salam's true passion lies in making food, particularly Italian cuisine and desserts, She started experimenting with pancakes and other sweets at a very young age, With little direction as to what to select as a university major, and a few options available in her area, she chose interior design as a major, which she doesn't like, "I chose it because I was lost", says Salam, "yet cooking is my blood, I smile every time I think about making food". Like many youth her age, Salam was feeling stuck and depressed because of the country's economic situation, but her friend Nagham insisted she register to the Generation of Innovation Leaders, GIL program through Nawaya, despite her many objections. "I remember calling reluctantly and learning that registration was closed and the class was complete, but someone dropped out at the very last minute and I had my spot! Some things happen for a reason". With a more open attitude, and through the training, Salam managed to study the market in her region, determine the products she would sell as well as pricing and marketing them,On graduation day, Salam pitched her pasta restaurant concept which was accepted, She then went on to receive further coaching and seed funding to cover some of the equipment she would use for the restauran, Added to a small initial fund she would put forward, this would inch her towards making her dream come true and starting a cozy pasta restaurant in her town. With the COVID19 crisis now, Salam's put her initial project on hold and has decided to collaborate with an existing pizza joint, مطبخ سوسن to test a few dishes of her own making out as of Sunday, June 28, 2020. As for COVID19 precautions, they'll be focusing on delivery and outdoor seating, near a popular market, Her plan is to add 5 pasta dishes to the menu, as well as some sandwiches and crepes, test them out for a month to learn what's working best and what she'll want to improve.