Cash assistance helps displaced people start small businesses

Samda at her grocery shop. Photo: UNFPA.

Somalia | 2023 | CERF

Somalia, Jubaland.  Samda recently started a grocery business at the IDP camp in Kismayo where she and her children live. They fled the devastating drought in their village, and it has been difficult to make a living.

The longest and most severe drought seen in Somalia in at least 40 years has affected millions and driven displacement across the country.

Working with the Somali organization SEDHURO, UNFPA Somalia provided displaced women with cash assistance, supported by CERF. It’s with this cash – worth about USD50 – that Samda purchased the goods to start her business.

Now life is a bit easier – she can afford school fees and the basics for her children. She also enjoyed providing the essentials to her community through the shop.

In an emergency, cash can be a great help, because it allows people affected by a crisis to make their own decisions and take action to buy what they need, or make investments, like Samda’s, that can pay off in the future.

Original story: adapted from original articles by UNFPA.

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