Success stories do not only offer the satisfaction of accomplishment, but provide models for future program and project design and implementation. Each of the success stories described below illustrates a different aspect of success from QUDORAT program.
Donor Linkages: The SIYAHA Project
The QUDORAT I Program worked to successfully leveraged 764,000 JDs for four of its partner CBOs who implemented tourism-income generating projects in Wadi Rum. This funding from sources outside the program covered 70% of SIYAHA's total project costs including a portion of personnel salaries, program activity expenses, capacity building trainings, facilities renovation, the design and production of publications and marketing materials, as well as special services sought from business development services (BDS) providers. The QUDORAT Program has provided the four CBOs with needed equipment, raw materials, and technical capacity building trainings to implement Income Generation Projects in weaving, camping, guide, and indigenous entertainment services, in addition to handicrafts such as silverwork, herb processing, and soap production. The strong partnership created has resulted in high-quality development and growth of CBOs tourism business in the area.
Cooperation in the Market Value Chain: The Tafileh Example
Through the successful implementation of the QUDORAT Program, an income generating market link and networking between local CBOs in the Tafileh governorate was created to improve efficiency and local productivity. This link resulted in enhancing the dairy sector within the governorate. QUDORAT allocated JD 50,000 to each linked CBO to undertake its own income generating project, which provided the combined lump sum of JD 300,000 to invest in the Tafileh dairy farm. The investment in the farm resulted in a local source of milk and increased the number of job opportunities in the community. The project is a significant step towards the revitalization of the local economy and the improvement of the standard of living in an area stricken with overwhelming poverty. Moreover the Program created linkages between CBOs. Three other projects funded by QUDORAT and implemented by CBOs in the governorate created an important market chain that included the Tafileh dairy farm. The Gharandal Society's Concentrated Fodder Production Project and The Al Mansoura Cooperative Society's Alfalfa Agriculture Project produce sustenance for the feed for the local Irweim Society Sheep Farm Project and the Tafileh farm. The Irweim Society Sheep Farm Project and the Tafileh Cow Farm provide a daily supply of milk to local dairy processing operations.
Private Sector Linkages: Supplying Beit Al Turath
The QUDORAT I Program focused on community driven economic development through the building the capacities of CBOs to implement their own income generating projects, an important aspect of the program approach was focused on building and strengthening sustainable linkages between CBOs and specialized private sector companies in related fields. Beit Al Turath is one of the leading local private sector companies in the handicrafts sector. This company participated in the QUDORAT Program and has worked to build the capacities of four local CBOs implementing tourism-based income generating projects in the Wadi Rum and Sbeihi areas. The capacity building by Beit Al Turath provided the CBOs with the knowledge base that uniquely qualified them to produce and market their handicraft products and satisfy the needs of tourists in Jordan with a variety types of handicrafts products. The four partner CBOs are currently exhibiting their products for sale in the Beit Al Turath main showroom, and Beit Al Turath is proud to have the CBOs as main suppliers.
Linking with Local Government Supported Programs: Al Rashidieh
One of QUDORAT's partner CBOs, Al Rashidieh Voluntary Society, runs the biggest nursery in south of the kingdom. This nursery provides the region with different kinds of trees, agricultural seedlings, and ornamental plants. The Integrated Management Program for Agriculture, a program funded and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the University of Jordan, provided the nursery with three months of technical expertise, on-the-job training, and capacity building that covers all the technical aspects of running the project including human resources, and managerial, technical, and marketing skills.