As part of the THABAT project, an initiative aimed at supporting and empowering small businesses in Erbil governorate, we recently conducted focused group discussions with a number of small business owners. These discussions shed light on the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the area, emphasized the role of female business owners in the community, and highlighted the importance of promoting climate-friendly products. The objective of these sessions was to gather valuable insights and ideas to develop activities that would assist businesses in improving their sustainability and resilience in the face of market challenges.
Understanding the Challenges
During the focused group discussions, small business owners in Erbil openly shared the difficulties they encounter in their entrepreneurial journey. From limited access to capital and financial resources to bureaucratic hurdles, these challenges pose significant obstacles to the growth and success of small businesses. However, despite these difficulties, the entrepreneurs displayed remarkable determination and a strong desire to overcome these obstacles.
Empowering Female Business Owners
One notable aspect that emerged from the discussions was the crucial role played by female business owners in the local community. Many female entrepreneurs in Erbil have successfully established and managed their own businesses, contributing to the economic development of the region. However, they also face unique challenges, including gender biases and limited access to resources. The THABAT project recognizes the importance of empowering female business owners and aims to provide them with the necessary support, mentorship, and resources to thrive.
Promoting Climate-Friendly Products
Another significant topic that emerged from the discussions was the importance of promoting climate-friendly products. Small business owners in Erbil expressed a growing awareness of environmental issues and a desire to contribute to sustainability efforts. They recognized the potential of offering eco-friendly products to meet the evolving demands of consumers who prioritize environmentally conscious choices. The THABAT project encourages and supports small businesses in developing and promoting such products, providing guidance on sustainable practices and fostering a greener business ecosystem.
The THABAT Project: Support and Impact
The THABAT project, funded by USAID, plays a vital role in supporting and empowering local small businesses in Erbil governorate. Through the provision of small grants and mentorship, the project aims to foster an environment conducive to business growth. By addressing the specific challenges faced by entrepreneurs, particularly female business owners, THABAT aims to create a more inclusive and resilient business community.
The focused group discussions conducted as part of the THABAT project highlighted the challenges faced by small business owners in Erbil, the significance of female entrepreneurs, and the growing importance of climate-friendly products. By providing support, mentorship, and resources, the THABAT project endeavors to strengthen and sustain local businesses, enabling them to overcome obstacles and thrive in a competitive market. For more information about the THABAT project and its impact on local small businesses.
بصفتنا جزءًا من مشروع ثابت، أجرينا مؤخرًا مناقشات مجموعية مركزة مع عدد من أصحاب الأعمال الصغيرة في أربيل! 💼 تسلطت الجلسات الضوء على التحديات التي يواجهها أصحاب الأعمال الصغيرة في المنطقة، ودور سيدات أصحاب الأعمال في المجتمع، وأهمية تعزيز المنتجات الصديقة للمناخ. 🌱 كما هدفت المناقشات إلى التعرف على الأفكار والمبادرات الجديدة في السوق لتصميم أنشطة يمكن أن تساعد الأعمال المختلفة على تحسين واستدامة عملها وزيادة فرصها في مواجهة التحديات السوقية.
يدعم مشروع ثابت، الذي يتم تمويله من قبل USAID، الأعمال الصغيرة المحلية في محافظة أربيل عن طريق تقديم المنح الصغيرة والإرشاد للمساعدة في نمو الأعمال.