Improve the livelihood of 50 widows in Somalia

by Somali Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA)


This project will help improve the livelihood of 50 Somali war widows in Jowhar, Somalia. The project will provide 50 vulnerable women group with 10 chicken per each, one big chicken cage for housing, one bag of sorghum to feed the chicken for three months, and some essential drugs to prevent common chicken diseases. The project will enable these women-led families to start small business ventures by selling the chicken eggs on the local market, to feed their children and then send schools.
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Until recently when a permanent government was formed in September 2012, Somalia had been without a functioning central government for over twenty years. As the result of this, the country had seen one of the longest civil wars in Africa where thousands of people mainly women and children died in the wars and the resultant famine and droughts. Women have been badly affected after their men were killed in the wars, resulting in women to become heads of family households with unprecedented burden.


In the past,Somali Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA) provided financial support in cash to widows and war affected elderly women in Jowhar town, Somalia. However, this type of support was not sustainable. Therefore, based on our past experience with UN system, we decided to propose a poultry project that will serve as an income-generation activity which we expect will improve the livelihood of female-headed families in the project target area enabling them create a better life.

Long-Term Impact

The poultry project will distribute 10 chickens, one cage (chicken house) and a bag of sorghum to fifty (50) widows and most vulnerable women groups in Jowhar town, Somalia. The project will not only benefit the fifty poor women but will also benefit about 300 people as each women heads a family members of between 5-7 persons. In addition, the project will have a multiplier effect on the community as the number of chicken will increase by the year allowing more people to benefit the project.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Somali Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA)

Location: Groningen - Netherlands
Project Leader:
Yusuf Daud
Groningen, Groningen Netherlands

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