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Working Together - Achieving More

Look for experts to enhance your abilities. Share your expertise to enhance other’s abilities.

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This initiative is financed by the EBRD in partnership with MicroMentor and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth to increase access to mentoring services across North Africa and the Middle East.

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Entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in Palestine, but entrepreneurs face challenges to develop their ideas and projects.

Now, they can associate with a wide network of local and international professionals with experience in the business world, who are willing to volunteer to provide guidance and advice. These mentors aim to enable business owners to improve their business.

Through the partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Bank of Palestine seeks to enhance the access of entrepreneurs to skills, knowledge, and guidance, in accordance to the Bank’s strategy for financial inclusion, to reach all segments, especially small and micro enterprises, women, youth, people with disabilities and marginalized groups.

This partnership comes with the Bank of Palestine's compatible values, to achieve sustainable impact, by providing networking opportunities, establishing sustainable partnerships, engaging digital transformation, and through the programs that the Bank develops based on studying the needs, in addition to the financial and non-financial services that will provide an impact to enhancing the capabilities of female and male business owners, in order to achieve sustainability for their projects.

The Entrepreneurs Mentoring Initiative became possible through the MicroMentor platform, a global online platform that connects entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors. We are eager to welcome members of our Palestinian community, to thousands of counselors and entrepreneurs that are seeking to develop their professions, through the MicroMentor platform.

  • 1. Create a Profile on MicroMentor

    A complete profile is the first step to connecting with others. It lets people know who you are and why you are here. The quality of your profile greatly affects your impression on those you are trying to connect with.

  • 2. Reach Out to Others and Connect

    Explore other members who have the profile you're looking for. Reach out by sending messages to several members. Start a conversation and find the right fit for you.

  • 3. Start Mentoring

    Now that you've found a match, ask questions, share, and listen. Agree on how and when to communicate using email, video chat, or a phone call. Set goals and start solving problems together!

You can filter your search of the thousands of members on MicroMentor by industry, expertise, location, and more. Use the handy search filters, pictured in the image, to narrow down potential connections. Then, take some time to read through the profiles until you find a few members who seem interesting to you. Reach out with an introductory message and see if it's a good match. Once you've found a match you can start mentoring!

In the people search, you will notice that other members of your community may also be on MicroMentor. You will know if another member is in your network when their profile says "EBRD".

If you would like to connect with somebody in the wider global MicroMentor community, there are thousands of other members to choose from.

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Rozan Al Khazandar: A Talent Gone Global

After several attempts to search for a job in her field of specialization, Rozan decided to combine her talent with her computer skills to create local handicrafts with special prints designed on the computer, thus bringing to life her brainchild project “Rozza Designs.”

In 2014, she registered her company in Gaza and succeeded in providing high-quality printed handicrafts using advanced techniques that comply with international standards. To develop her skills further and take her project to another level, she joined the Felestineya Mini-MBA Program in 2017, which was launched by Bank of Palestine aiming to promote and enhance the skills of women entrepreneurs. Felestineya Mini-MBA Program provided comprehensive training and skills development in the fields of financial, accounting, legal, marketing, and leadership management.

Rozan constantly seeks opportunities and ideas that contribute to developing her company, providing more services, and opening new markets. And recently she opened a new atelier for her own designs, and she also promotes and sells them online.

After Rozan uncovered her passion for transferring knowledge to others, she began to provide training in the fields of design, entrepreneurship, and life skills to assist female and male entrepreneurs in developing their skills and achieving success. In addition, she publishes some blogs and articles on her LinkedIn account.

Rozan joined the MicroMentor platform to be able to develop her company further and to contribute to guiding entrepreneurs at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey.

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Yazan Zeit: A Childhood Hobby with Great Ambitions

Yazan Zeit developed a hobby for drawing since his childhood. Later on, this hobby became a passion that took him to the world of fashion design. With support from his family, Yazan finished high school and traveled to Italy to pursue his university studies in fashion design, making the first steps towards his professional career path.

Yazan's aspiration was to return to his homeland and open his own atelier, but his limited financial capabilities stood in the way of his dream. However, with his will and determination, he began searching for alternative solutions, and one of them was to seek support from Bank of Palestine. Indeed, the bank was welcoming and fully prepared to provide support, including financial facilities and non-financial services, such as advice and guidance, thus enabling him to develop his business, open his own atelier and launch his brand in the market.

“I dream big, and aspire to leave the “Yazan Zeit” fingerprint in the fashion world, from Palestine to countries around the globe.”

Yazan believes that his relationship with Bank of Palestine is a continuous partnership; one that is reliable and trustworthy to accompany him on his entrepreneurial journey to fulfill greater dreams. Today, through the MicroMentor Platform, Yazan is able to develop his business, penetrate new markets, and carry on his entrepreneurial journey. MicroMentor will provide him the opportunity to obtain advice and guidance in the fields of business management, marketing, and market studies by communicating with selected entrepreneurs, experts, and specialists who volunteer on the platform.

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About Bank of Palestine:

Since the establishment of Bank of Palestine in 1960, the Bank has been committed to contributing and strengthening the economy by providing supportive programs to the society. The Bank is committed to creating the elements of economic empowerment through various segments, and as part of its vision and commitment to be a leading banking institution that contributes to evolving economic and social development in Palestine. The Bank of Palestine understands the important role in strengthening the economic structure and encouraging innovation by achieving the sustainable impact that will contribute to solving poverty and unemployment, to improve living conditions and to create an evolving and prosperous society.

The Bank continues to develop its banking products to meet the needs of all societal and economic segments. It has adopted a digital transformation strategy by developing its digital banking services as part of its commitment to the financial inclusion strategy to reach all segments and sectors.

In addition, Bank of Palestine has developed non-financial services targeting the business sector and medium, small and micro enterprises. It has formed sustainable partnerships with local and international institutions to implement awareness and training programs to contribute to and enhance the capabilities of women and men entrepreneurs to be able to launch projects and achieve sustainability to develop their ventures, and to create jobs.

Bank of Palestine implements these guidelines in harmony with its strategic commitment to comprehensive sustainability standards, which include environmental, societal, and institutional governance standards. This is based on its values of commitment to its social responsibility and to invest in human capital, supporting leadership and creativity to achieve comprehensive development, by following standards of rational governance in its various operations internally and externally. All this, in addition to keeping pace with the rapid technological and digital development to increase and improve its banking services.