HADRAMOUT/ LAHJ — Beneficiaries of the Vocational and Business Skills Training and Support Project in Hadhramaut and Lahij Governorates, funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Relief Center (KSrelief), have expressed their gratitude to the Saudi Arabia for supporting them through professional and business skills. training and support project that helped them establish and maintain a sustainable profession.
Support was provided, through KSrelief, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the Small and Micro Enterprise Development Agency. Beneficiaries added that the project gave them financial assistance to cover the costs of their professional and business activities.
This is in addition to creating a market for young people who have helped to develop their own products using the skills they have acquired through the project, as well as linking them to local markets, enabling them to sell their products and continue to develop their projects to obtain a sustainable income and help them support themselves.
“The vocational training changed my life for the better. It provided me with the experience and skills in addition to a financial grant worth $700 from the project,” said Jumaa Seif, Food Processing Intern . She added that the grant covers the cost of purchasing the equipment needed to start her own business, which will save her money and help her become self-sufficient and help others.
Jumaa Seif is one of many women living in difficult conditions without traditional employment, who was offered a chance to be trained and supported by the KSrelief project. She was trained on how to prepare a variety of pickled vegetables at home and sell them in the local market as it provided her with enough income to cover her family’s needs.
Abdul Hadi Ezzi, another beneficiary of the project, explained that he had been sewing traditional clothes since childhood, but needed to learn administrative skills and immerse himself in the technical side of his trade, adding that thanks to the project, he had learned how to handle machine breakdowns and how to repair them, and received sewing supplies worth $750.
Ezzi said his perceptions have changed with the training methodology adopted by the Small and Micro Enterprise Development Agency, as he is now expanding his business and diversifying his products to include different types of traditional clothing.
As for Nazira Mohammed, a food processing intern, the KSrelief-funded project allowed her to gain various experiences and learn how to make pickles and pastries. She was able to set up her own project, which provided her with the necessary means to help her family and sell her products to the public.
For her part, Huda Abdo’s life is not much different from that of her colleague Nazira Mohammed, as she is also a food processing intern and used to make homemade pickles.
She recalls attending the training where she learned to identify market needs and marketing methods to establish and grow her business, adding that she received a $700 grant from KSrelief to purchase the tools and raw materials needed. Not only was Huda Abdo able to support her family, but she also managed to save money to pursue her higher education and pay university tuition.
The Liaison Officer for the Vocational and Business Skills Training and Support Project at the Small and Small Business Development Agency, Abdul Bari Omar, said that the project provides vocational training to the participants according to their specializations and helps to develop plans to start and develop their own projects, train them and bring them new skills.
He added that the beneficiaries could also market and promote their products through a specially organized market (Bazar) to introduce the trainees to each other and connect them to local markets so that they can continue to develop their projects.
Omar Al-Samiti, Director of the Displaced Persons Unit in Lahj Governorate, spoke about the importance of the KSrelief-funded Vocational and Business Skills Training and Support Project in developing women’s economic empowerment rural.
He said: “The project is playing an important role in building community capacity instead of relying on support from charities.
“The project directly supports sustainability as the benefits continue even after the project ends and depend on the participants’ ability to grow their projects and market and sell their products to earn a sustainable income that helps them support themselves. “
The $3,000,000 Vocational and Business Skills Training and Support Project implemented in Hadhramaut and Lahij governorates aims to improve the livelihoods of the Yemeni people by providing training and support in the areas entrepreneurship, agribusiness, food processing and textiles.
This is in addition to technical skills in automotive trade and maintenance, maintenance of cell phones and appliances. The project also offers in-kind grants to participants to help them start their businesses.
This project is part of the Saudi government’s desire to support Yemen, improve humanitarian services provided to Yemeni citizens in various fields and improve their living conditions. — SPA