No one can exploit my skills and capacity again
Ahmad Omar Hassan, a 40 year old Syrian refugee was previously working for another tailor but had always wanted to set up his own business in the Kurdish region of Iraq as a means of providing a better income for his wife and four children aged between 1-8 years old. DRC registered Ahmad for the business training and provided him with USD $1,500 grant to help set up his tailoring business. From the 23 years of experience as a tailor, the knowledge acquired from the business training and the grant given by DRC, Ahmed has set up as an independent business owner in the Kurdish region of Iraq. He is currently working on increasing the rate of his clientele and building good relations with local business owners.
Less than three months from the time he set up his business, Ahmad is already in profit and hopes to expand his business further in 2014 by buying more specialist equipment such as a sewing machine that does a more complicated variety of stitches.
"I feel very strong and positive about myself and my family is much happier now. No one can take advantage of me nor can they exploit my skills and capacity again. DRC livelihood program was very ‘efficient, fast and perfect’ in providing immediate impact on the lives of refugees", says Ahmed.