A school project helps to expand business
Samira Ciisa* lives in an IDP camp in Dayniile District. She came to Dayniile following heavy fighting in her home district of Hodan. Samira has a family of 12, which includes her husband, her own 8 children, and her brother’s 2 orphaned children.
Samira has worked on the rehabilitation of Mahamud Harbi School, using her wages to improve her small retail business.
“I used to sell sweets, sugar and tea leaves in the village, but my income was too little for my family’s upkeep. Now I stock many household consumer goods and these give me good profit,” explains Samira.
The rehabilitation of Mahamud Harbi School is generating employment for the local population. Most beneficiaries are investing their income in small-scale businesses.
“The quality of life has improved tremendously, but there is room to expand my business further. I think a small-scale revolving fund credit system would be good for businesses here,” says Samira.
These days she can afford clothes for her children and send them to school: “Education has given a lot of confidence to my children. They can now read comfortably.”
The project was implemented by UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery project through VARDO, a local partner.