Abdullahi is a 16 year old IDP who hails from Goofgaduud in Baidoadistrict. He lives with his single mother and his sister. His mother is thesole breadwinner and works hard to provide for the entire family. Abdullahi wasselected as a beneficiary for the Durable Solutions for Somali RefugeeReturnees Project where he was trained on business & vocational skillcourses. Abdullahi was really happy for the training he received throughout theproject period as he currently owns a small scale business where he sellsvarieties like sugar, bread, cooking oil biscuits, and soft drinks and manymore. “I have completed both business & vocational skill training. I set upthis business based on my business proposal plan and the grant I received fromMMC/ILO. Thank God now I can fill the gap and increase our family income whereI can save $2 per day and I have comfortably improved our family basic life”.Narrates Abdullahi
Hussein graduated June 2016 as Mobile phone repairing trainee.Since then, Hussein has worked hard to look for a job and with the help of MMChe managed to get employed at Sahal Electronics. This has enabled him to keepin touch with the mobile phone repairing knowledge that he got from histraining at MMC’s Modern Industrial Training Center and earn some income sothat he can meet his basic needs. He is able to perform basic mobile phonerepairs and can make other accessories as well.
Hussein is optimistic that with the experience he is getting everyday, he will be able to expand his knowledge & skill and save enough moneyto make an investment in the near future so as to open his own business. He wasalso grateful of the Returns project that greatly impacted on his life. “Thework and consequent finding of the skills for jobs training at MMC has helpedme to start my life on a positive note. Today I don’t need to depend on anybodyto sustain my family and the respect I get from my family, relatives &neighbors makes me very proud”.
Ifrah Adan is the breadwinner of her 7 member family. Sheestablished a small business selling shoes, different clothing materials, whichis enough to pay her rent and the school fees of her children. When she arrivedin Baidoa from Hagardheer camp- Kenya as a returnee, she had no relatives tohelp her and no income to start a new life in her old home country.
Ifrah, 26, was selected as a beneficiary for the Durable Solutionsfor Somali Refugee Returnees Project in Baidoa where she was trained onbusiness & vocational skill training. She was one of the grant winners andreceived some start-up capital for her business.
Many customers would line up to buy shoes, different clothing’s inplastic bags during the eve of Idul-fitri celebrations when MMC Project Managervisited Ifrah’s small business.
“The sales I generate from this business are enough for us tomanage our daily lives. I have no other source of income apart from mybusiness,” Ifrah said. “It is always better to work and do something instead ofsitting idle at home and waiting for someone else to help you.”
Mohamed is a beneficiary of the Durable Solutions for Somali Refugee Returnee Project. He graduated in June 2016 with a certificate in Electrical Installation. Immediately after his graduation, Mohammed concentrated all his efforts on looking for a job opportunity, with the help ofMMC; Baidoa Electric Company took him as an apprentice for a start-up and gain experience on his skills.
Determined to overcome the challenges of life and to pull his family out of abject poverty, Mohamed wanted to shoulder the responsibility of supporting his family through this attachment as apprentice in order to further his skills development. “I’ve been given a great opportunity to practice my skills and qualification and I like that I am out on site or field and I think my apprenticeship is a great way to get into my profession and earn while I learn.
Nur Issack, a 32 year oldreturnee from IFO camp, Kenya and a proud father of two narrates that life haspresented him with challenges as a returnee particularly in dealing with socialinteractions and his ability to get employment. But Nur was determined to overcomehis barriers in order to earn his own paycheck and live an independent life. InFebruary 2016, Nur was lucky to be one of the beneficiaries selected for theDurable Solution for Somali Refugee Returnees Project. Thanks to this project,Nur received both vocational and entrepreneurship skill training where hecommitted himself and trained intensively to improve his life and have a betterfuture. After successful completion of training and receiving granthe currently owns a garment-making shop, where he designs and makesall fashion clothes like shirts, trousers, blouses, T-shirts etc.