Improving livelihood through Cash for Work and Small Business Development targeted at youth in Hodeidah

Skills and small amount of cash are enough for Mufad to start his small business

The Innovative 3x6 Approach adopted by UNDP focuses on (1) Inclusion, (2) Ownership, and (3) Impact in order to provide sustainable livelihood.

Under the Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) Programme Cash for Work and Small Business Development opportunities are provided to 900 youth in Hajjah and Hodeidah Governorate. Each youth participated in Cash for Work receive US$10 per day and at minimum US$6.5 are saved in their bank account for future investment in small businesses or sustainable livelihood measures.

The 3x6 is an innovative UNDP programme approach promoting sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable and crisis-affected population. The 3x6 approach uses skills, resources and local expertise to support crises affected people to become financially independent and thus able to contribute to local economic recovery and the transition from an emergency response to a sustainable development path.

Cash for Work Highlights in Hajjah & Hodeidah

  • 25 Cash for Work activities have been concluded
  • 25,350 working days have been accomplished
  • 817 Youth (292 female) were trained on on skills required for business development
  • 600 meter road was rehabilitated in Alkarar village

In Hajjah and Hodeidah Governorate, UNDP, in partnership with Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), had completed approximately 25 Cash for Work activities (within 25,350 working days) to rehabilitate community assets and provided 817 Youth (292 female) trainings on skills required for business development.  In Hudaydah, a 600 meter road connecting Alkarar Village and water points and main road nearby was rehabilitated and paved through Cash for Work activity. The Programme and its Implementing Partner supported 15 youth from the village to participate in this Cash for Work activity through the provision of financial resources and equipment required. It took two weeks for 15 youth to complete the road rehabilitation which directly benefited 1,200 individuals living in Al-Karar Village to have improved access to markets and water points.

Rehabilitated road in Al-Karar Village allowed the community to have improved access to markets and water points

Mufad, 20 years old, who dropped out from secondary school due to financial reason, participated in the road rehabilitation and shared his view on how he benefited from Cash for Work. “Through the Cash-for-Work activities, I managed to save almost US$200 which is a good amount for me to start my small business in the future. In addition, I received various trainings on how to start and manage a business, such knowledge or skills were new to me and never be taught at school,” said Mufad who is one of the 400 selected youth going to receive the seed funding for his/her business.


“As I was being trained as a welder, my plan is to start a small business on welding which can utilize my technical skills. When I was asked to develop the business plan, I had explored the feasibility and market carefully, and I hold high hope on my own business. I hope my business will be a promising one, and the income generated can allow me to support my family and my parents,” Mufad shared his plan with enthusiasm.

ERRY is a three-year joint programme funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, FAO, ILO and WFP, to enhance the resilience and self-reliance of crisis-affected rural communities in four governorates of Yemen – Abyan, Lahj, Hajjah and Hodeidah. Under ERRY project, it is planned that at least 21,000 men and women indirectly benefiting from improved skills to establish community-oriented social businesses for self-reliance in the four targeted governorates. 


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