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Mohamed’s new business | ADRA Yemen

Mohamed’s new business

It’s known that Kharaz camp is a geographically isolated area and the people there cannot get food except the food provided by WFP. Vegetables and fruits are not available. Thus, the refugees there established a Friday market. Refugees’ traders and the people from neighboring villages come to the camp on that day to sell and buy their goods.

Mohamed Hassan Hagi is a 34 year–old male in Kharaz camp. Approximately a year and half ago, Mohamed initiated his work as a hawker selling empty and recording cassettes in a big carton at Friday Market in the camp. In this way, he caught the attention of many customers. Some even started coming to his house to buy recording tapes!

After working in this way for a month, Mohamed made up his mind to enlarge his business by moving from the little carton to a big box with shelves on a wheelbarrow and to also set up a small shop at his house.

Mohamed submitted an application for a micro–finance project of ADRA Yemen. After he met the self reliance team and they evaluated his needs, his proposal was deemed as feasible for implementation.

The implementation of this project was started in March 2007 with the construction of a larger shop than he owned.

Mohamed got his new shop with empty shelves like all other uncompleted projects. However, instead of waiting for supplies to come, and because he had a good relationship with the traders, he started his business successfully. Mohamed and his wife work in the shop and sell not only tapes but also other goods like sugar, rice, tea and some other supplies. He also uses his yard as a store for an animal foods business.

Mohamed and his wife succeeded to start their business but still need support and are waiting for ADRA to take his hand to help him to stand on his own two feet.