Mutasim rebuilds his business from scratchMutasim lost his sole source of income to the conflict in Syria. Now he gets the chance to start over, as DRC is rehabilitating local schools.
When people escape conflicts, they do not only lose their homes and all what they possess, they also lose their jobs and their source of income. Mutasim’s story is no different.
As a father to five sons from Talbisi in Syria, Mutasim used to work as a blacksmith but when the conflict started, he was forced to flee his home and his own workshop to try and start a new life in Alsaan.
Mutasim learnt this career from his father who had learned it from his father as well.
“When we moved to Alsaan, we had nothing. One of my friends allowed us to use his house to live in. I didn’t have any job and it was difficult to support my family. We depended on aid from international organisations,” said Mutasim.
DRC is supporting business when rehabilitating schools
Mutasim and his family then decided to return to their home in Homs to start their lives from scratch.
“I worked for a long time just to acquire basic workshop equipment. Whenever I had money, I would buy tools, sometimes paying for them in instalments. The Danish Refugee Council also helped me indirectly by working with them in the rehabilitation of the schools. I did metal work, securing meshes and making metal doors,” said Mutasim.
With funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), our shelter and infrastructure team in Homs are working to rehabilitate schools so children can go back to school and get the education they deserve.
Mutasim’s workshop now consists of five employees, so it also provides job opportunities for Syrians in the area. His eldest son is helping him manage the business and train the employees.