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Josette Dijkhuizen, entrepreneurial consultant, visits FHF producers in the West Bekaa

Prof Dijkhuizen interviewing Marie from Aitanit

During the past few years, Josette Dijkhuizen has been working hard on a photographic documentary highlighting women refugee entrepreneurs in Jordan and Lebanon, in an aim to offer an insight and educate, but also to raise awareness for the beneficial effects of stimulating women entrepreneurship on economic and social problems in the world.

Prof Dijkhuizen tasting traditional dairies prepared by Grace from Saghbine ©Jeroen Berkhout

We met Josette last year, during her first visit to Lebanon, and got more acquainted with her project and activities and told her about our different initiatives aiming at empowering women. Unfortunately, due to the unstable situation then, she could not visit our projects in the Bekaa. However this year, we were happy to see her again and arrange a visit to meet with women entrepreneurs – hosts on darb el karam Food Trail in the West Bekaa, involved in preserving traditional food and cuisine.

With Lina at her table d’hote in Kherbet Qanafar

[quote]In the beautiful area of the Beqaa Valley, there is potential for unique products and services and we saw strong women entrepreneurs keeping food heritage alive and being a role model for so many others[/quote] said Josette after meeting with Lina, Grace, Nabila and Marie.

Nabila from Ain Zebde surrounded by Petra Chedid, darb el karam coordinator (on the left) and Prof Dijkhuizen and photographer Jeroen Berkhout (on the right)

About Josette Dijkhuizen

Prof Dr. Josette Dijkhuizen is a scientist and entrepreneurship consultant par excellence. She combines science with practice in her activities, which leads to publishing different books, but also to inspiring presentations across the globe. Josette was assigned as a UN Women’s representative in 2013 the year during which she started her own social enterprise ‘ENPower’ to assist vulnerable (wo)men from shelter homes, refugee and human trafficking, with the start-up of an enterprise. To know more about her program for encouraging entrepreneurship, visit her website

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