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Established in 2015 to empower rural youth and enhance their employability, RE has evolved into one of the most impactful and reliable NGOs in rural Lebanon. Officially registered as a non-profit organization in 2017, RE has forged dynamic partnerships with reputable entities such as Unicef Lebanon, UNDP Lebanon, Berytech, Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), IDAL, and Vitas. These collaborations have facilitated rapid growth and allowed the organization to diversify its programs and services swiftly, reaching and serving new groups such as rural women and vulnerable groups across various sectors.

Co-creating The Future
of Rural Entrepreneurship

Our Mission

We aim to foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in rural areas, broaden employment opportunities, and enhance the skills of youth, women, and vulnerable groups to enable them play an active role in the social and economic development of their local communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is centered on innovation and sustainability, through creating thriving and innovative rural communities where individuals are empowered, inspired, and equipped to develop their skills and contribute to a prosperous future.

Rural Entrepreneurs
is committed to SDGs

Our Board of Directors

Mrs. Asmahan Zein
Mr. Haitham Saab
Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh
Mrs. Lody Daou
Dr. Talal Jaber

Message From The Founder

Welcome to Rural Entrepreneurs (RE),

Growing up in rural Mount Lebanon, my early years offered little opportunity to explore my potential. Throughout school and college, I lacked significant hobbies and aspirations due to the absence of opportunities and a collaborative learning environment that enables individuals to flourish. This void fueled a deep desire to make a change and create a more enabling environment for others.

Later on, When I began my career and took on leadership roles, I met many young individuals from similar rural backgrounds and It became even more obvious to me that there was a significant knowledge gap in education, career prospects, and entrepreneurship, as well as a lack of awareness about essential topics like the future of work, community involvement, youth leadership, and sustainability. This realization further drove me to establish RE in 2015 as a volunteer-driven initiative; and since then, RE has grown to be a pioneering local initiative.

We have invested considerable time and effort in raising awareness, engaging communities, and collaborating with local authorities, educational institutions, the private sector, and key stakeholders to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in rural areas. 

With the support of partners and donors, RE has reserved a place among the leading organizations in the realms of rural development and entrepreneurship. Our motivated, and passionate team, along with a supportive board of entrepreneurs and community, sets us apart.

RE ignites a passion for innovation and sustainability in aspiring individuals and welcomes those eager to unleash their potential and achieve new heights! Thank you for being part of our community. Together, we can create a brighter future for generations to come.

Founder and President

Haitham Saab

Meet Our Team

Haitham Saab
President & Executive Director
Souhad Abou Zaki
Grants & Research Consultant
Samir Hamadeh
MEL & Admin Manager
Lora Thebian
Lab Manager - Shouf
Lama Salman
Lab Manager - Choueifat
Haifa Massoud
GIL Lab Manager - Hasbaya Marjeyoun
Haitham Yehia
IT Manager
Samara Al Kishen
Senior Accountant
Asmahan Zeineddine
Digital Marketing Specialist
Hiba Yazbek
Graphic Designer
Zeina Hasan
Web Developer
Nouhad Bou Matar
Outreach Coordinator - Shouf
Al Ibrahim
Outreach Consultant - Shouf
Hadi Hatoum
Outreach Coordinator - Choueifat
Rami Al Aysami
Outreach Officer - Hasbaya Marjeyoun
Rayan Mershad
Logistics Officer