When displaced people return to their homes, they face a huge challenge to rebuild their lives. African Relief Fund (ARF) assists returnees through Income Generation Projects. By gaining a livelihood, people can start becoming independent again and working to improve life standards for themselves and their families.
Conflict, extreme weather conditions, or natural disasters – there are numerous reasons why people may lose, or be forced to flee their homes. But no matter what the causes or circumstances, most displaced people will return to their homeland if they can. Unfortunately, what they return to is often even worse than the situation that forced them to leave in the first place.
With their homes destroyed and their livelihoods lost, it’s difficult to start all over again with nothing. At ARF, we give them the means to begin again through our Income Generation Projects. Launched in Somalia, in 2012, we’ve empowered hundreds of people with skills and an opportunity to help them start over.
For only £150, you can donate and sewing machine including start-up raw materials.
Through income generation projects, ARF works to build individual capacity and independence to bolster community resilience. With a little bit of help, the people we enable become financially independent. The more people we support in this way, means the less reliant people are on unsustainable handouts and charity organisations.
ARF has a two-pronged approach:
£50 can buy two chickens which can enable someone to start a small poultry farm.
Skills Training for Women in Need
ARF’s Income Generation Programme prioritises women, because widows and very poor women with small children are often more committed than men to making the best of the opportunities we provide. They are eager to learn and start earning, as soon as possible, so that they can feed and clothe their families. The skills and tools we empower them with helps to build their confidence and gives them dignity through financial independence.
Our seamstress training project equips needy women in rural villages of Somalia with sewing skills. Once their training is complete, we provide the women with sewing machines and the raw materials they need to start working from home. This is a great advantage for women with small children, who can’t find anyone who will care for them while they work. In this way, women are able to earn a living, while minding their families.
Assisting Subsistence Farmers
ARF works to empower small farmers by providing them with start-up materials and farming equipment to improve their productivity and yield.
At ARF, we believe in the proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat every day.’ That is why we focus on building independent individuals and resilient communities through our skills development programmes. Can you help us help people become financially independent and fend for themselves?
How many hours of tractor time can you buy? Can you empower 10 women or young people by helping them acquire new skills? With your Zakat, Sadaqah or Lillah we can give needy people the means to rebuild their lives.
£10 will allow a needy farmer to loan a tractor for an hour.
The Galgadud region of Somalia, faces diminishing resources and pastoral land, due to extreme weather conditions and swarms of locusts. It is also rife with settlements for internally displaced people, who’ve had to flee from conflict or the impacts of climate change.
In Balanbale, ARF has been helping affected people through income generation projects. To date we’ve provided sewing skills training to 30 needy women. Once they’d completed their training, the women were equipped with sewing machines and everything they needed to start up their own tailoring businesses. Today, these women produce school uniforms for the children of Balanbale. They’re able to earn an income and support their families with dignity.