From survival to livelihood

Thursday, 09 September 2010

The life of Farhia Mohamed Ali, 27, has been miserable and poverty-stricken ever since she was young. Farhia lives with her three brothers and four sisters in a small house in the Mogadishu. Her parents died in the civil war in 1995.

 “I was left alone when I was 10 with my little brothers, our parents died long ago. Until I get at the age of 15; I used to beg in the streets just to feed my brothers. While I came to think of our life, I tried to look for a job many times, but did not find one” she narrates.

Farhia used to collect garbage in the Mogadishu markets and was rarely paid for that job. She says “They ask you to take rubbish in front of their business, and after the completion, they tell you to come back, or sometimes give you two thousand Somali shillings  which is not worth even a cup of tea”.

She enlisted to work on the Gaheyr School Rehabilitation Project, got selected and was paid a salary during the three months that the rehabilitation lasted.

 “To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you and this project actually built my morale. I saved some of the money I get from the project and I can now buy new clothes to my brothers and I can also start a small business called “Ha I Wareerin” .  Ha I Wareerin is a small business whereby Somali women sell clothes and other cosmetics to their clients and they will collect their money every day.

This initiative is part of UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) project.

Funded by Japan