Life is what you make it
It is easy to assume that life in a refugee camp is all about desperation. But Achol Deng, 25, thinks otherwise. She is an astute business woman at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, Kenya and owns a successful hotel business.
Deng started her eatery six years ago, and it has steadily grown. “I make Ksh6,500 (about $68) per week after factoring in expenses that includes wages for six staff,” says the single mother of three boys, aged six, three and two.
She is so good at what she does that AAH Kenya, through the Kakuma Refugee Assistance Programme (KRAP) enrolled her to among ten mentors that will counsel new refugees on business start-up. The initiative started March 2015.
She spends some time at the reception of the camp to mentor news refugees, on the need to start a business aimed at the creation of self-reliance. “I go to reception four times a week and explain to them the value of starting their own business,” she says.
Achol has one sibling, a sister, and lost her father 1992 in the South Sudan war. She also takes care of her mother who is unable to support herself, due to an injury she suffered after an accident.
Ms Mwangi said the new arrivals too can succeed in business enterprise and become self-reliant. She says they target an estimated 3,600 new arrivals, most of them from South Sudan and others from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Achol has one sibling, a sister, and lost her father 1992 in the South Sudan war. Apart from her three children and the sister, Achol, single a mother takes care of her mother, who is unable to support herself, due to an injury she suffered after an accident.
There are more than 184, 000 POC at Kakuma Refugee Camp, many of them originating from South Sudan.