Poverty

Jordanians seize 'Shark Tank'-like opportunity amid competition from Syrian refugees for work

Jordanians seize 'Shark Tank'-like opportunity amid competition from Syrian refugees for work

Stoic and composed, Itimad Bassam sat before the judges and confidently made her pitch.

“I will rescue old clothes that have been thrown away in my neighborhood and turn them into wearable secondhand clothes,” the 22-year-old told the panel. “There’s a factory in my neighborhood. I will convince them to give me their old clothes so I can recycle them to make pillowcases, pot handle holders, and redesign the clothes into more stylish outfits.

“I will start the operation in a room in my house. It will be a family business.”

In what could be a scene snatched from the reality television show “Shark...

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