Celebrating World Refugee Day- June, 2020
In regards to world refugee day, AAH-Kenya honors all refugees for their resilience, courage, strength, and hope to start life fresh. Everyone can make a difference in making the world a better place for anyone who has been forced to flee their country because of continued political differences, war and community conflicts. #EveryActionCounts.
Immaculate said, “The tailoring skills that I have gained have given me what I wanted in life: food, clothing, income, and investment. Nothing can be compared to tailoring business and AAH-I has been a ray of dawn to me, and my family.”
Aniciate said, “I am very happy that AAH-I has given me a voice, has empowered and dignified women in the refugee camp and Kalobeyei, which has become home for all. Through basket weaving, I have been able to support my family and invested the profits in hotel business. My family and I were declared stateless in Tanzania, we fled to Kakuma refugee in 2014 and now I have a place to call home.”
“I enrolled for AAH-I business incubation in 2019 that has opened my inner eyes, and now I own a beauty parlor and able to identify more business opportunities within my business,” she said.
Didier said, “Through AAH-I business incubation support, I have started a business of making environment-friendly cookstove from scrap metal and clay power from mobile phones and solar batteries, which is now supporting my family.”
In the image below, Margret Kaukau from South Sudan (forefront-right), said, “Opportunities are never lost until we die. I am a proud tailor who joined my fellow women in the refugee camp in the fight against COVID 19 by producing fabric face every day.” Mary Ewoton, a Kenyan in the host Community (forefront -left) said, “Happiness is a direction and not a place. I am very happy for the idea of masks, for the safety and happiness of the host community.”
“AAH-I offered me some training on entrepreneurship, financial management, group formation, quality production and pricing and this has broadened my mind. I appreciate the fact that there is plenty within our reach that one can survive on as a source of livelihood. Through AAH-I fund, I was able to start bead-work business which has yielded me profits and enabled me to start another business of cooking Ethiopian Anjera,” said Ngil below.
“When the covid19 outbreak was announced in Kenya, my businesses were affected greatly but I did not lose hope. I joined other women in making face masks to fight the virus and protect our community- a tailoring skill that I gained in Dadaab before moving to Kakuma camp.”