• Jordan is pronounced [J AW R – d n ]
  • Jordan is located in the Middle East, bordered on the west by Israel and the Dead Sea, on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq, and on the south by Saudi Arabia. 
  • Jordan is mostly desert plateau in east, a highland area in the west, with the Great Rift Valley separates eastern and western banks of the Jordan River. 
  • Jordan is one of the world’s four most water-deficit countries. Due to scarce water supplies and drought, agricultural production is insufficient; Jordan must import a large quantity of their food. 

Trades of Hope is honored to be partnering with a group of women that create beautiful products in Jordan! Many of the women working in this workshop have been divorced, orphaned, or widowed and have struggled to provide for their family’s needs. To recreate the look and feel of the sea glass, the artisans use glass bottles from local hotels and restaurants that would otherwise be discarded. Then, they tumble it with water and sand from the Red Sea until it is smooth and resembles the beautiful pieces found in nature. Through the creation of these recycled products, they are now generating an income for their families. These women are so thankful for the opportunity they now have to be a part of this group, which has empowered them and changed their lives!


Since Manal began working as an artisan, she has been given the opportunity to learn new things while earning an income.  She has befriended the other women in the group and enjoys being with them — it gives her a reason to get up in the morning.
With the money she earns, she is able to pay for the basic household needs as well as pay for her daughters to go to school in order to better their futures.  She is so thankful to be able to give her girls such an awesome opportunity to continue in their education.  Her work is providing a future and a hope for generations to come.


This is Futna. Futna said there aren’t a lot of good jobs for women in area she lives in Jordan. Futna likes working at the artisan group because she can work in the mornings so she can be home to prepare dinner for her family.

Because of her work through Trades of Hope, Futna has learned many new things. Making jewelry was new and surprisingly rewarding to her. She loves the idea of recycling items into something new and beautiful.  Her favorite part of the job is being so artistic!