Our Impact

Projects funded
1997 - 2020

Invested directly
in projects

Estimated people supported
1997 - 2020


Seal’s impact since 1997:
operating costs
average project cost
average number of beneficiaries of a SEAL project
average cost per beneficiary of a SEAL project
of grantees report that their SEAL grant created new jobs
report that SEAL’s impact is still being felt today (up to 10 years after the project’s implementation)
report that their SEAL grant led to an increase in sales
report that there has been an increase in community participation and collaboration since their SEAL grant
SEAL’s impact in 2018:
projects implemented
invested directly in projects
families reached through our projects



Of course all new things are difficult. But then you get used to it. These machines are new for us: we were used to doing everything by hand. But it gives us energy and enthusiasm to work. We’re excited. It’s making things much less tiring for the women in this village. Before we would spend the whole day working by hand. The day would end and we still wouldn’t be done!
We didn’t work before because there wasn’t any work around here. But this work makes us stronger. When we work we’re happy and excited about the produce. Our money will go to the family and to the children. I want to work to get money to buy medicine for my son. It makes things easier to work and have your own money. Layla, cooperative member, Jezzine

Salim has been working in olive cultivation for 65 years now. He has 7 children who are all married. One of them lives in Lille in France and the rest are in Lebanon.
Salim usually reinvests the money he makes from his business back into the land. Since SEAL’s grant to Zaarouriye cooperative, Salim has been able to sell his olive oil to them at a better price.
He is grateful to be able to sell his oil but even more grateful to be able to benefit from this project in other ways. He received training on how to improve the quality of his oil. He learned early harvesting techniques to ensure the olive seeds are of a higher quality, and tips on collecting and pressing the oil.

Jean came to SEAL with a plan to build an irrigation system in his village – whose mountainous agricultural lands are scattered with ancient terraces that had been barren and uncultivated for years. He volunteered to take the responsibility of liaising with all the local farmers to ensure the fair distribution of water. He said:

SEAL has returned the spirit of the village completely. There were 10 or 15 years when all the young people left. Now on weekends, all the young people come back, they drink and come together. We didn’t used to see them, we lost them for 15 years! Jean, farmer, Wata Houb

SEAL has now completed two projects with Maghdouche Orange Blossom Cooperative in the South near Saida. For the first, SEAL provided the cooperative with two tanks for storing orange blossom water during the production process. The factory is doing very well, but the cooperative needed space to sort, package and sell their produce to a wider market, so SEAL additionally supported the construction of a hangar near the factory. Nabil, a key member of the cooperative, says:

People used to be scared of the orange blossom season – it was like a black flower; when there was a bumper season they’d feel bad as they wouldn’t know what to do with it. This project is now the life of Maghdouche: people have started opening restaurants and all kinds of other initiatives because there’s now hope. Nabil, Maghdouche orange blossom cooperative member

With beautiful views and a renowned monastery, Bekaakafra has recently become a tourist destination for Lebanese daytrippers. The local priest, Milad Makhlouf, decided to make the most out of the surge in tourism by establishing a cooperative for local unemployed women to create food products: pickles, jams and traditional specialities. SEAL purchased the equipment necessary for the cooperative’s establishment.

This is an opportunity for women to work in the village – if it wasn’t for this they wouldn’t work at all. Père Milad Makhlouf, co-founder of St Charbel women’s cooperative

Aynata is a village in the Bekaa where SEAL supported the installation of 2000m of water pipes in 2011. The village receives no state support, and before SEAL’s grant, very little agricultural production was possible due to the lack of water. SEAL beneficiary Youssef is a farmer from Aynata with a stunning singing voice – he will make up a song about anyone on the spot. He says:

There was hardly any agriculture here before our SEAL grant; now 2000 people are being helped. We talk together to decide who will take turns benefitting from the irrigation. Youssef, a farmer from Aynata


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