He was “ Very excited to work Because he knew that he would help his family with the money he earned. He further mentioned that he has benefited immensely from the training provided by the consortium. Asked how the project helped him, he replied: “The Cash for Work program has helped me and my family a lot because with the money we got for work we were able to buy a lot of basic goods and services like clothes and food. “She is OK.
Mahmoud is 51 years old and lives in Al-Ba’az (Ba’az District, Ninawa Governorate) with 11 family members, six of whom are school children.
Mahmud is the only earner. He owned a small business that did not allow him to support himself and his family. However, the war and the Islamic State’s occupation have shut down most of the city’s commercial exchanges, creating significant difficulties in working and earning a living. Concerning the conflict, he recalls: “Gone are the days of hardship upon me. In times of crisis, I have spent days with my family in fear and panic. “
However, the end of the conflict did not bring the revival that Mahmud had hoped for. When he needed to work to support his family, he failed to run his small business and make a good profit, when he could not find another job. The situation is deeply troubling for Mahmoud, seeing his family forced to leave without basic necessities.
One day, during a meeting, he was informed that in action Country La Fame was going to share a registration link on social networks to get a grant to support small projects. Mahmud therefore registered and applied to be selected for this initiative. She recalls that Action Against Hunger staff visited her home to find out more about her family and her living conditions, while explaining the selection criteria to her.
“I was very worried about not getting the grant because there was competition. There are a lot of financially fragile people in the area.”, He said. When she was selected for the grant, she felt fulfilled: she needed this help to expand, to develop her project, and to benefit her family.
The training gives him new business knowledge and life skills. He claims to have fully Benefited from training and used these skills effectively. “ During the construction of his project.
The initiative given by the consortium allows him to develop his project and provide the necessary products and services in his town, increasing his sales and profits. “ I am able to support my wife and children. I return home with a way to meet the needs of my family. It’s a pleasure that I hope to see continue ”
Reconstruction after the conflict
Food security and economic recovery are recognized as the backbone of long-term post-conflict stability. Despite the end of the conflict in Iraq, the causes of instability persist throughout the country, and economic stagnation affects almost every aspect of Iraqi society. A growing number of Iraqis are being forced to resort to negative tactics, including going into debt, turning to cheap food, including nutritious food, and eating less food a day to cope with a lack of livelihood.
The war against the Islamic State has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the residents of Ninawa, Salah al-Din, Diyala and Sulaymaniyah governorates, and has caused great damage to the people living there, forcing them to flee and flee. Its products and property. This internally displaced population has largely found themselves in IDP camps.
The end of the war and the announcement of the government, by the end of 2020, to close these camps, created a new wave of displacement. Most people have returned to their original areas without any means of income while most of their property (land, livestock, shops) has been destroyed in the conflict.
Most of the weaker sections of these four governorates are now below the poverty line due to lack of income. Many families now have to deal with the negative, such as rationing food, reducing quantity and selling their assets to get staples.
To help the displaced people financially
Between August 2021 and February 2022, Action Against Hunger (ACF) – a consortium with COOPI and two Iraqi companies (such as HIO and YAO) – intervened in local businesses in Ninawa, Salah al-Din, Diyala and Sulaymaniyah to respond to livelihoods. Focuses on the needs of the recently displaced and returnees, especially women and youth, through the revitalization of the environment.
The project, which targets internally displaced persons as well as those living in transitional shelters and returnees living in urban and peri-urban informal settlements in Baaz, Toz Khurmato, Sulaimaniyah Marquez and Khankin, aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Terms of livelihood Through this project, Action Against Hunger has provided temporary employment to 572 people, contributing to the restoration of the local economic environment by providing small grants for 82 businesses run by women and youth.