Somali family service (SFS) has held entrepreneurship training for 70 IDPs women in Garowe at Puntland library and resource centre, the training will be followed by provision of micro grants to help IDPs start their own business and enable them establish better life style. The purpose of the training was to provide the trainees and equip them with business skills along with the small money grants they will have after the training.
Earlier, most of these selected 70 IDPs vulnerable women have successfully completed six months of skills training by the support of SFS; they have been trained on different skills such as, Tailoring, Beauty solon and cloth coloring.
UNHCR, Ministry of interior IDPs departments and other dignitaries have attended the opening succession of the training. Bashir Jama from SFS has briefed the objectives of the project and the purpose of the training. Mr Bashir stressed that the importance of this training is to add value to the provision of micro grants to enable the beneficiaries invest and manage these grants in a wise and profitable manner.
Mr Bashir emphasized the importance of this project to the IDPs by highlighting the current dreadful situation of IDPs community because of the unemployment and the limited income generation resources available to them. Continuing his remarks he said “you may have different appreciative regarding this income generation activity, but truly it can change your life by enabling you get long term employment by your selves with this grants, you may not experience this opportunity again, therefore, it depends on how cleverly you handle and face this golden opportunity’’ explaining how business can expand Mr.Bashir gave success business stories about successful women entrepreneurs that started with small and reached higher positions in the business arena.
Mohamed Salah from the United Nations Higher commission, the funding institute of this program highlighted the role of UNHCR regarding IDPs community support programs. Mr.Salah has encouraged project beneficiaries to seriously take advantage of the project and stated that the success of this project will pave the way for other projects.
Finally, Abdiwaxid Abshir from Punland ministry of interior department of the IDPs, officially opened the training and gave encouraging remarks to the project beneficiaries.
Somali Family Services is a non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering a peaceful and democratic Somalia through the support of civil society, women, youth and other marginalized groups.