Cash for Work helps Gaabaw start a small business

DRC have been supporting vulnerable women from Somalia by giving them cash for work. It helps them provide for their family.

Gaabaw Moalin A. Hussein is a mother of eight. One of her children was born with a disability. Her family and her were displaced from Goof Gaduud from Bay region in Somalia due to droughts. In addition to lack of humanitarian support and conflict in many towns in both Bay and Bakool regions. She now lives in Dambal Calaan in Somalia.

After she was displaced, she had no assets and decided to start doing casual work in town like washing clothes, cleaning dishes and other domestic work to provide for her family.

Gaabaw and other vulnerable women from the IDP camp were selected to do cash for work by DRC with funding from ECHO. 

“I worked for 12 days, we did site maintenance and were paid 120 dollars by DRC. I immediately thought it would be best for me to invest my money, so I started a small business in the IDP camp. I sell sweets, food items, soap and vegetables. This small business helps me provide for my family’s needs,” she says.

Gaabaw gets a visit by a DRC staff at her small business kiosk.

DRC staff distributing site maintenances tools and briefing beneficiaries on the cash for work activity.

Cash for Work beneficiaries helping clear a site by burning garbage.

The cash for work activity helped the participants in gaining knowledge and experience regarding health hazards and environmental pollution management.

“I learnt how to be self-sustainable and make sure that my surroundings were clean, and this will definitely have a positive impact on our lives,” Gaabaw says.

Facts about the programme

Late 2019, DRC implemented a Cash for Work project alongside the CCCM (Camp Coordination & Camp Management) cluster in 13 IDP camps (Dambal Calaan, Raasi, IRi roog weyne, Tubaney, Sirmaqabe, Degdacar, Barkadle, Kaamir, Bula Hawa, Qasab 2, Hillac 2, Idale weyne and Bakal Gaduud). The team reached 45 households and distributed site improvement tools such as wheelbarrows, masks, eye protection glasses and gumboots. The people then improved the different sites by burning garbage, cutting down overgrown bushes and grass that could increase the spread of Malaria and other diseases.