Families of Alaqamah starting their own businesses

Residents of Alaqamah received cash to repair their irrigation canals
Residents of Alaqamah received cash to repair their irrigation canals

Killed and displaced of their homes, families of Alaqamah, Mawza’a district, Ta’iz, have borne the brunt of the conflict reached to their village since early 2016. The conflict caused residents of Alaqamah to flee to neighboring areas without any shelter and protection. It is estimated that the rate of employment among marginalized groups of Alaqamah hit %95 high. 


As calm began to find itself in Alaqamah, the displaced saw no purpose of returning home with all that bitter suffering and hardships awaiting them back home and stayed without aid or security in areas such as Albarh, Mokha and Alma'afir. Alaqamah is but an example of around 3.27M forced of their homes across Yemen seeking safer areas. 

Highlights

  • 3.27million forced of their homes across Yemen seeking safer areas
  • With Cash-for-Work interventions in Alaqamah about 150 displaced families will be encouraged to return and re-establish their life


Funded by the World Bank, UNDP has partnered with Social Fund for Development (SFD) through the Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) to build the resilience of local households and communities to withstand and cope with the impacts of Yemen’s conflict and assist their early recovery. 


In response to such impacts, SFD’s cash-for-work interventions provide solutions to encourage the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and support the resident villagers. Alaqamah village, Ta’iz, is an example of how such interventions have assisted the residents with early recovery and rehabilitate their means of earning a living while providing cash to the poor in order to provide their basic needs till these means start to produce.


The Cash-for-Work Program has established a $500 emergency interventions in Alaqamah encouraging 150 displaced families to return and re-establishing stability with a package of income-generating sub-projects in which 510 households participated. They created multiple infrastructure in the village and received labor wages. 


Khamisa Sultan, a widow woman from the marginalized group, worked in the project, and used her income to buy food for her eight children. With additional financial support from another organization, Khamisa purchased a camel. "I bought wheat for my kids, and added some money and bought a camel" Khamisa said. Currently, she invests the camel to transport  food, firewood and fodders for the villagers for fees or cereals.


According to Abdul Karim Musa, member of the volunteers committee in Alaqamah, most households are food insecure. They used to soak bread into tea in most meals, and they were asking their sons and daughters out of school to earn their living. The villagers have begun for the first time to capitalize on the project's potential to build the watershed and torrential waters bumpers in the Alaqamah valley, to repair irrigation canals to their lands, and to rehabilitate agricultural lands. Many of the Alagamah’s families have used the cash given to them by SFD to start their home gardens growing okra, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, herb, watercress, etc. 


The participating households have spent the cash on food and other basic commodities. All residents of Alaqamah have got a public project to protect their lands, cultivate it and grow crops and earned money by which they enjoyed stability, buy their needs and buy productive assets sometimes..


Ghanem Ahmed, a beneficiary who created a home garden, describing his household's new behaviorو “We had hated to live in despair and extreme poverty. Today, thanks God, I own a productive home garden. We plant vegetables, cucumbers and okra. In the past, our meals was either bread with tea or bread with dried fish. Now we put okra and eggs in our meals. I am now preparing to expand my garden in order to feed my wife and kids."

 

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