Determined to make it
Hamdia Nasir Ibrahim is a 23-year-old Ethiopian asylum seeker and a mother of two who lives in Masala area of Hargeisa, Somaliland. She came to Somaliland in 2010 with them. “I am the bread winner of my children, aged two and half years and 11 months. Currently, I work at NRC Norwegian Refugee Council and I earn US$ 190 monthly, which helps to take care of my children. For me to sustain my family I have to work hard,” she says.
Hamdia was referred to AAH Somalia by UNHCR in February 2015 and went through business development skills training so as to increase her capacity to effectively run a business and attain self-reliance.
On completion of the training, she was among the beneficiaries 32 beneficiaries who developed business plans. She says the three-day intensive training, subsequent business counseling and home visits has offered her the opportunity to prepare herself to invest in a business, and she is eager to be to be self-reliant.
As soon as she raises enough capital, Hamdia plans to start a restaurant “I have learnt what it takes to start a business and I feel ready for my dream.”