EBRD and donors support Parfai Chocolates and Sweets in Jordan

July 8, 2024
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In the world of delectable chocolates and sweet delights, a factory has carved a niche of its own in the heart of Jordan. Founded in 2009, Parfai Chocolates and Sweets is a dream realised by Hussam Samkari, a Syrian national who established himself in Jordan and obtained Jordanian nationality as an outcome of his investments in the country.


His is not only an inspiring tale of resilience and innovation, but also a testament to his indomitable spirit of entrepreneurship. This journey has touched the hearts of many and Hussam recently received support from the EBRD through the SEMED Multi-Donor Account, to help his business grow.


EBRD support

Early on, the EBRD played a crucial role in Parfai’s success. In 2013, Hussam sought assistance from the Bank’s Advice for Small Businesses team in Amman, which provided technical assistance in order for the company to obtain the ISO 22000 food safety certificate.

This certificate is a testament to Parfai’s commitment to food safety management systems and standards and the advantages of which proved to be manifold: enhancing consumer confidence in the safety and quality of Parfai’s products, facilitating access to international markets, streamlining operations, and leading to increased efficiencies and productivity.

In September 2022, Parfai sought a second collaboration, leading to the development of a website that made a notable impact to the business’s online presence. Its elegant design and seamless user experience have made it incredibly popular among customers.

Hussam admits that the project was timely given the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses locally. He says, “It became clear during the pandemic that there was a need to find new markets: to expand and step into new countries, and this was never going to happen without focusing on marketing and developing social media, which the EBRD helped us to achieve and for which we hugely appreciate their support”.

In less than a year, the website’s implementation and subsequent marketing efforts have significantly increased Parfai’s reach and facilitated transactions, making it more accessible to clients both locally and internationally.

Buoyed by this achievement, Parfai now aims to capitalise on its digital presence by investing in e-marketing, opening exciting possibilities to reach more new markets.


Challenges and opportunities

The journey has not been without challenges, and amidst the turmoil of the past few years, Parfai explored new markets and embraced digital advancements. The Covid-19 pandemic was an impetus for change, prompting a focus on marketing and social media development to adapt and thrive.

As the second generation, Hussam’s son Omar, 24, has embraced the family business and wants to continue its legacy.

Omar is driven by the ambition to explore automation while preserving the human touch, seeking to elevate the brand to even greater heights.

Parfai Chocolates and Sweets is a testament to the power of passion and dedication. This is a journey that began with a dream and transformed into a renowned chocolate factory, they continue to move forward with an increased focus on digitalisation and sustainable practices, while inspiring chocolate lovers everywhere: a tale of sweet success with the promise of more delectable innovations yet to come.

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Countries covered:

  • Jordan