|From destitute widow to small-scale farmer|
Fatuma Mohammed , a 32-year-old widow and mother of 4 in Bala’d District, Middle Shabelle Region, can boast about how she has brought her family out of poverty and secured a livelihood for them.
“Life has been hard for me since my husband died,” she states. The eight goats and the training were all it took to guarantee some income for her family and pull them out of poverty. “These goats are constant reminders that there is hope for my family because there are people in this world who care for us,” she says. “I make sure that the goats will be looked after properly.”
Two months on, Fatuma owns two additional goats, which she describes not only as an income-related asset, but also a boost to her social status: “I can go now to the village shops, for instance, and borrow a kilo of sugar for my children.”
The Area-Based Early Recovery project aims at improving productive and sustainable livelihood assets in selected regions of South Central Somalia, namely Middle Shabelle and Bay. The project is funded by the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery. Read more.