Teacher seeking independence
Rihana Abdullahi Yussuf, 21, is an Ethiopian refugee living in Masala in the neighborhood of Hargeisa, Somaliland. The mother of one came from Harar in 2006 with her family. “My brother and I teach at the refugee school. We earn USD 380, while our family gets USD 80 as subsistence allowance. We use the money to pay bills and sustain ourselves.”
Rihana is among the refugee committee members who were elected in 2014 to represent the voice of their own. She has undergone training that were offered to refugees by AAH Somalia.
“I need a decent, dignified life and independence. Since we (refugees) came here we were depending on handouts except for the time I was teaching. The money that I earn as a teacher give me some independence. I also benefited from the training on business development,” she says, adding, “I could not believe the ease with which I was able to identify what I really wanted and how I wanted this to be.”
Rihana says once she secures some capital, she will be able to carry out her business professionally, and make it grow. “The savings will help me in planning for the future of my children. “I look forward to a day when I will be self-reliant and no longer depend on people.”