• 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.

  • UNDP supported training transforms the life of an ex-militia

    Cibaar Hassan Ghedi, an unemployed, ex-militia living in Mogadishu, was not interested in becoming a fisherman. Nevertheless, he decided to attend a training session supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Project.

  • Hargeisa shop owner makes a small loan go a long way

    Before taking a $300 loan through UNDP’s microfinance initiative, Canab Abdi Daud struggled to make ends meet. Her small Hargeisa shop rarely turned a profit, and as a result, she could often not afford basic essential items for herself and her family, and also at times found herself unable to afford to buy products to stock her shop.

  • In response to the famine, which was declared in July 2011, UNDP allocated US$ 3 million (including 1 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund - CERF) to rapidly expand its emergency employment generation activities to include affected areas. This included cash-for-work initiatives to rehabilitate community and rural assets, and improve purchasing power of food and other essential items for households. Activities were expanded to drought-affected communities in Bakol, Gedo, Hiran, Galgudud, Banadir regions and, particularly, in the Afgooye corridor in Southern Central Somalia.

  • Faud Ahmed Hassan*, 68, lives in Shaan village, Middle Shabelle region with his physically challenged wife and 13 children.

  • ‘I was one of the armed militiamen operating in Mogadishu for more than a decade and more. I was one of the fighters engaged in ousting the previous military dictatorial regime in Mogadishu. I was loyal to the USC faction who was supported by the civil society. The whole nation precipitated in a full-scale civil war between the USC groups - contending for power and leadership. For more than a decade, there have been very few employment opportunities other than fighting for a certain faction leader, or defending the economical and political interests of the clan. I and my fellow militiamen initiated, and gradually established the most dangerous gang in the city. Our criminal gang practiced staging roadblocks and forcibly extorting money from the public – and we were one of the most feared names in the city. I have confronted many serious and risky events during my engagement as an armed militiaman. On one occasion, another militia group, coming from the same clan as ours, attacked our stronghold. There was a serious confrontation between the two groups, which triggered the death of some of the militiamen from both sides. Our leader was killed on the spot. Our group dispersed in the aftermath of the death of our leader. I finally succeeded in remobilizing my group and took the leadership. The group initiated a new working strategy for earning money, while creating friendships with other militia groups and also making alliances with diverse clan militia groups apart from our clan. My group started operating in different areas as a result. My group had the opportunity of earning more money. The collected money was spent mainly on drugs and procurement of ammunition.

  • hmed Gacaney returned to his village in the Jowhar district from an IDP camp in Bosasso when his family informed him of a UNDP cash for work project in the area. Under this project, communities from Maandhere and Burfule villages rehabilitated four canals for a total of 15 kilometers and started farming plots of land that had been left to waste since the 90’s.

  • Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991.

  • Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children

  • Ever since Mohamed Khalif*, 24, started on-the-job masonry training, he has been a different man. He is now all smiles and full of hope.

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