GroFin Jordan Client - Arabella for Aluminium

Jordan SME grows while providing Syrian refugees a chance to rebuild their lives

Arabella for Aluminium provides employment opportunities to refugees in one of Jordan’s poorest governates. Former lawyer, Mohamed Darwish, is lucky to have a job on Arabella’s factory floor. Darwish is one of the estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees presently living in Jordan. His family may have escaped the death and destruction of war when they

GroFin Egypt Client - El Nour

El Nour – Golden opportunity through waste paper recycling in Egypt

Consider the environment before you print. This request has become so ubiquitous in every day communication that it is easy to assume the world must be using much less paper. According to a report by global consultancy McKinsey, demand for graphic paper used writing and printing has indeed weakened substantially in North America and Europe

GroFin Iraq Client - Iraqi Cinema

Sama Aliraq – Bringing much needed cinema entertainment to Iraqis

For a very long time Baghdad did not have much of a movie theatre scene. Cinemas that used to be packed with movie enthusiasts were empty as the country experienced crisis upon crisis. This did not mean that Baghdadis were not keen movie goers. The country’s first movie projection took place in 1909 and as

Why Iraq makes a compelling case for Impact Investments

In December 2017, Iraq confirmed it had defeated the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, three years after the jihadi group swept through the country, seizing some of its largest cities and wreaking havoc on the local population. Now, authorities estimate Iraq needs nearly US$90 billion to restore the country that has been

Noor El Qamar - GroFin Iraq Client

Noor El Qamar – Father and son team up to manufacture thermostone blocks locally in Iraq

In a fortunate turn of events, Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State in December, but the country’s economic challenges are far from over. A nation that has been torn apart by successive wars and plagued by security issues, Iraq is now seeking USD100 billion in foreign investment as part of a plan to rebuild

GroFin Client - Al-Menber (Syrian refugee children in Jordan)

Al-Menber School – Touching the lives of Syrian refugee children in Jordan

As many as 226,000 out of 660,000 (almost a third) of Syrians refugees registered with the United Nations refugee agency in Jordan are school-aged children between 5-17 years old. Since the outbreak of conflict in Syria in 2011, the influx of Syrian refugee children in Jordan has spurred the Education Ministry to take several steps

Nomou Impact Report 2017

Nomou 2017 Impact Report

Download the Full Report It is our privilege to share with you the Nomou 2017 Impact Report. The Nomou Programme is a regional initiative in MENA which was co-created by GroFin and Shell Foundation. As a result of the collaborative efforts of its investors, partners and clients, we are proud that the Nomou programme is

GroFin Client - AL-BADEA - Iraq

From Wars to Water – Iraq’s Al-Badea shows the way

A long history of unstable rule, border disputes, and religious strife has created continuous conflict in Iraq. With wars conducted from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, Iraq has become a developing country whose people suffer decreased access to clean water, and heightened severity of disease outbreak. Poor water quality persists throughout

GroFin Jordan Client - Arabella for Aluminium

As Jordanian SMEs grow, Syrian refugee livelihoods bloom

Jordan has witnessed a significant refugee influx over the last seven years. This has placed a huge strain on economic infrastructure, service delivery and employment avenues alike. Representing a population of nearly 1.3 million, the vast majority of Syrians who fled to Jordan since war broke out in their country in 2011 live outside official

How young Arab entrepreneurs are powering job creation

Moving away from their historical over-reliance on the public sector, Arab youth are empowering themselves by pursuing entrepreneurship avenues and these young Arab entrepreneurs are creating employment at scale The eighth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calls for promoting “inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.” A new report by the