A sustainable income at last

 Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.

 

“Since 1992, my life has been full of despair. I had no income. My friends and relatives would call me an idler. However much I tried, I never got a job. My wife was the breadwinner and used to wash clothes in the neighbourhood to maintain the family,” says Sheikh.



Currently, Haji works as a guard in the Gaheyr School rehabilitation project, which is implemented by UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery project through HINNA. This job has guaranteed him sustained income.


“Initially I did not expect to be hired as a guard. But it’s one of the jobs that is likely to be sustained even after the closure of the project. It has changed my life. I now provide for my family, and my wife has stopped work in the neighbourhood,” says the father of six.


 Sheikh loves his job. He goes about with a smile on his face. To him, this is the best thing that has ever happened.


“It was like a dream,” he says. “I was worried about how I was to sustain my family. I am so excited about the opportunity that the project has given me these three months.”

The project is funded by Japan.