We launched the #GirlsGoingGlobal competition on International Women’s Day earlier this year to encourage and support more women to expand their businesses internationally.
We did this because because we know that there are lots of women entrepreneurs around the world who want to make a bigger global impact and expand their business internationally, but face challenges in doing so when it comes to access to finance, family commitments and having a support network to guide them.
We decided to offer a number of scholarships to the International Business Accelerator to women entrepreneurs who have a big vision for the impact that they want to create, and would benefit from access to the best thinking in international business strategy, and the support of a community of visionary, globally-minded entrepreneurs.
And so our search began…
We received many applications from women across Australia, the United States, China, Jordan and Palestine, in industries ranging from health and wellbeing, to education, design, consumer products, manufacturing and tech.
We were impressed by the effort that all the applicants put into the application process, and after months of getting to know all of them, we’ve finally selected a winner for the Inspire Scholarship to the International Business Accelerator.
Introducing Tamara and Reem Albadghdadi, Co-Founders of RimaraPak
Tamara and Reem Albadghdadi are the sister co-founders of RimaraPak, a packaging and plastic factory located in Amman, Jordan.
Tamara is a proud Jordanian and loving daughter, wife, and mother of two boys. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Translation, and has been published as a freelance writer in several major newspapers including Huffington Post and Al Jazirah newspaper. She is passionate about justice and her articles focus on issues dealing with human and women’s rights.
Dr Reem Albaghdadi is also a business owner, mother and leader among numerous local women’s empowerment organizations in Jordan. She has a PhD in English Language Methodology, has taught in Jordanian universities and published several research papers.
In 2005, Tamara and Reem joined forces to launch an industrial manufacturing company, RimaraPak. The company specialises in plastic packaging and all of their products are food-graded, recyclable and hygienic. They built their factory from the ground up and invested all of their successes back into the business, so that they could expand their machinery lines, diversify their products and grow their business.
Having grown RimaraPak to become one of Jordan’s leading companies in their industry, when Tamara and Reem applied for the #GirlsGoingGlobal competition, their goal was expand the business into international markets through exports. They knew that Jordan had signed numerous international trade agreements to facilitate greater exports, and could see the opportunity for RimaraPak to expand its reach throughout the Arab region and beyond.
Supporting women’s economic empowerment in Jordan
While Tamara and Reem are both accomplished women in their own right, their impact extends beyond the factory floor.
While in the early stages of establishing RimaraPak, both sisters knew that they wanted to empower other women in Jordan and so they have integrated this philosophy into their business model from the get-go. They employ 20 local women in their factory and are active in supporting women’s economic empowerment through numerous initiatives in their local community. By increasing their exports, they want to hire more women in their factory and have a greater impact on their local community.
Reem joined with a number of local industrial women to establish the Jordan Women Industrial Community, of which she is President. The organisation focuses on supporting and promoting working women within the industrial sector in Jordan, believing in their capabilities to achieve results of the highest standards and climb up the ladder of success. She is also a High Council Member of the Jordanian National Forum for Women, Vice President of the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women, and Vice President of the Industrial Women Committee of Jordan Chamber of Industry.
Tamara is currently studying for a Masters degree in Leadership Management while simultaneously running RimaraPak. She believes that the individual has the power to effect change and is a strong supporter of empowering women to break the glass ceiling and achieve their goals. Tamara fully believes in making the world a better place, starting with her own community, and is also a member of the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women.
Throughout the GirlsGoingGlobal competition process, we were inspired by Tamara and Reem’s story of how they achieved success in a typically male-dominated industry, in a region of the world where serious political and economic challenges make it all the more difficult to succeed in business.
Our judges were impressed by Tamara and Reem’s vision and determination to expand Rimarapak internationally, by the work they are already doing to support Jordanian women and by their desire to do more on both fronts – that’s why we chose them as the winners of the Inspire Scholarship.
We’re looking forward to having Tamara and Reem join the International Business Accelerator in June, and helping them to achieve the global vision that they have set for themselves.
We’d also like to thank our fellow judge, Sheba Nandkeolyar, and partners for their support of the #GirlsGoingGlobal competition.
To find out what international opportunities are on offer for your business, download our e-book Why Go Global? Seven Reasons to Take Your Company Global, or contact us to book a complimentary 15-minute call.