A Mother's Determination Keeps her Family Afloat
Published April 28, 2018 by Muna Ali
Khadra counting cash in her shop in Durduri, Sanaag region March 2018
With 6 mouths to feed and care for Khadra, a determined mother, pushes through to give her family the best life she can in her circumstances. a few years ago, Khadra who comes originally from a pastoral family, settled in Durduri, a coastal village in northern Somalia, and opened a tea shop that serves food and tea. The small income from the shop helped Khadar make ends meet and relied on the family’s livestock as another income source when times get tough.
In late 2016, the drought had reached its peak and Khadra’s family lost most of its livestock and her shop did not survive either. Almost all villages and towns experienced the effects of the drought. Local economies were severely impact as purchasing power and cash flow plummeted. Piling debts led to the collapse of the credit system in some places and those who have lost all their animals were not granted more loans or credit by the local traders and shop owners.
“It’s become increasingly difficult to maintain the shop. I was running out of food stock and less and less people were stopping by to eat. I just had to close it,” explained Khadra.
The only way Khadra’s family survived after that was by taking debts where they could or buying foodstuffs and water on loan. After a few months, Khadra was unable to access credit because she owed a lot of money. Fortunately, in January 2017, Adeso started the Cash Assistance project for Somalia/Somaliland (CAPS) and Khadra’s family became amongst the targeted beneficiaries in Durduri village. The family received an average of 150 USD though mobile money transfer for a period of 8 months. With an unwavering determination Khadra opened a small shop where she sells low-cost, fast moving household items in the village. The money she makes from the shop provides her family with just enough to get by on a daily basis. The cash complemented Khadra’s her humble earnings from the shop and helped her pay back her debt slowly, while providing food, safe water, and other basic needs for her family.
Though the number of people who lack stable livelihoods and need humanitarian assistance is still high, the cash assistance project has assisted 7,410 households (51,870) people to meet basic food and non-food needs during this difficult drought period.