Mahdi Zayyad (21 years old, from Anata) was working in a neighborhood vegetable shop at night. One night, while talking with his friends, one friend jokingly said to him, “Why don’t you learn how to cut hair so I don’t have to go to a barber shop?” Mahdi thought about this seriously and by suggestion of another friend, enrolled in the VTC’s short course for men’s hairdressing. This course ran for three months, with a total of 120 education hours.
The short courses are typically followed by another three months of training in the local market. Mahdi was the recipient of a scholarship from UNDP that provided him a small salary as financial support during his local market training. Mahdi is currently working in a barber shop in Anata, but has plans to open his own shop soon.
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