The project seeks to fund a Women refugee in South African to undergo accredited short skills programmes that would allow them to start their own businesses or seek employment in the country. The average cost of such a programme is R6000 per person. The skills programme duration range from a few weeks to a year.
Being a refugee in a foreign country is a mammoth task as the majority of such people even with correct documentation are excluded from the banking systems, labour markets, skills programmes, social services as well as business services available to local citizens. Lack of basic physiological needs leads to depression given that the majority of these people are coming from conflict zones where they suffered one of trauma or another.
UNHCR has partnered with Hand in Hand in implementing The Livelihoods and Self-Reliance Project. Its main goal is to improve the livelihoods of refugees through advocacy and lobbying, employment and self-employment support to persons of concern (PoC). The project includes local citizens in an attempt to promote local cohesion in the communities. One of the key areas is the funding of short term skills to acquire necessary skills in vocational trade. Qualifications in these areas cost money.
The project is expected to reach more than 4000 PoC in fours year with three quarters of them having gone through vocational skills programmes.