Refugees often don't have a way forward in their lives. They wait up to 20 years for resettlement. Often separated from husbands and family, the women are without support for themselves & their children & live day to day in poverty. This project will enable 10 refugee women to start & run a jointly owned restaurant in Kayole, Nairobi. Starting their own business, will enable them to share the work and the profits among their families, uplifting the lives of all involved.
At the end of 2016, UNHCR reported that 494,900 refugees were living in Kenya with 14% living in urban areas - particularly Nairobi. Many of these refugees are families who have lost their fathers/husbands in the political & tribal turmoil of their countries. With no living security, many struggle just for daily bread. The project will provide a way out of poverty and desperation for 10 refugee women and their children by creating a joint business that can be shared among their families.
This project will provide a positive opportunity for refugee women to make the most of their situation by engaging in productive business thereby assisting their families and other of the refugee groups. This will also indirectly ease the burden on UNHCR as well as the local community in uplifting the economic status of these impoverished women. Moreover, hope is restored to these families who have suffered so much from their homeland with nowhere to go and nothing to do.
The project will provide increased economic stability for these impoverished refugee families while also reducing the burden of support on the local community. Mental & physical stress will also reduced by productive labour that will earn a decent living for all involved. The success of this project will create other similar opportunities thereby helping a larger group of refugee men & women to become productive & financially stable while they find ways to settle back into normal life.