Souriyeh / سوريّة: Syrian women’s cooking start-ups spread throughout Jordan

Women prepare Syrian sweets at the Azima Sabaya kitchen collective in Irbid, Jordan in February. Photo by Alaa Nassar for Syria Direct.

Cooking startups have gained popularity among Syrian refugee women in Jordan as an alternative source of income, with economic conditions increasingly difficult for many families and international aid dwindling.

Through small kitchen collectives, Syrian women cook and sell food to make a living for themselves and their families.

In this report, we hear the success stories of Um Nasr, Manal and Nawal who—despite difficult circumstances—are pioneering this kind of home-cooking start-up.

This report is part of a series on Syrian women and peacebuilding, produced by Syria Direct with support from the Canadian Embassy in Amman. The views or opinions expressed during the series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Syria Direct.


Alaa Nassar

Alaa was forced to flee Damascus with her family because of the pressure from the Syrian regime in 2013. She was a student of Arabic Language & Literature at the University of Damascus. She came to Syria Direct because she hopes to find a new direction in her life and to show the world what is happening in her country.