Mukhtar Awadh: No longer in Despair

Mukhtar
Mukhtar, though physically challenged, manages to overcome challenges with the help of UNDP training and support (photo: UNDP Yemen)

Mukhtar is a 22 years-old young man from Alkawd village, west of Khanfar district of Abyan governorate. He is the only supporter for his family (four brothers, mother & aunt) after his father passed away in 2013. Since then, Mokhtar’s only choice to improve his family living conditions is only to continue working in a small grocery next to their home, which has been established by his father in 2007.

Highlights

  • 40,078 beneficiaries of 5,725 households reached/supported through resilience enhancement activities conducted by 4 UN organizations and 12 Implementing Partners in 18 rural districts across 4 ERRY jointly targeted governorates in Yemen.
  • 185 Village Cooperative Council have been established, composed of 1,393 members
  • 16,065 Participants (2,226 households) benefited from Cash -for Work, Improved Household Food Security and Access to Cash
  • 1,699 Youth equipped with enhanced business and life skills
  • 20 health services and 20 education systems were equipped with solar energy systems
  • 5,200 benefitted from Value Chain Assessment inputs

Mukhtar family facing economic hardship and lack of sustain incomes as many Yemenis during this ongoing crisis in the country, as well as he suffers from a hereditary physical disability, which preventing him from performing any hard-physical work. He was also forced to leave his studies at business school, he said "Being the eldest male in the family, with so many needs and very limited source of income, I could not manage to continue my college studies."

The shop operated by Mukhtar was of limited size to provide a sustainable support to such a relatively large family. In addition, given the location of Alkawd village, which used to be the battle field of tense armed fighting for many years, Mukhtar was forced twice to shut down the main source of his family income in 2012 and 2015.

Through For All Foundation (FAF) UNDP local implementing partner, Mukhtar enrolled in the UNDP's 3x6-approach as part of the Livelihood and Emergency Employment Component under the Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY). The intervention consists of business and life-skills training, followed by a competitive process by which sound and promising business plans are selected for financial, mentoring and coaching support. He received USD 900 as grant to establish his business. The grant received as part of the ERRY joint-programme enabled Mukhtar to immediately revive his shop and start supplying cooking gas cylinders as an additional service.

Using his motor-bike-cart, Mukhtar enlarged his clients pool by delivering gas cylinders to customers who are located outside his village and close to the nearby market. His monthly income has not reached 120,000 YER (USD 337), of which 79$  is accounted as net profit.

Mukhtar is confident that his marketing path is on track to enable him to ensure the sustainability of his newly revived business: "I feel more stable and secure now that I have more solid businesses as my clients which will ensure more sustainable income for my business and my family". Mukhtar is even confidently planning forward: " I am now even thinking about resuming my college studies."

Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) Programme is a joint-initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by FAO, ILO, UNDP and WFP in four governorates in Yemen (Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj and Abyan). The three-year joint programme aims to enhance the resilience and self-reliance of crisis-affected rural communities through support to livelihoods stabilization, food security, local governance, social cohesion and improved access to sustainable energy.