Refugee Livelihood Improvement Project - Sana'a

About the project:

Refugees in Yemen live in a very difficult humanitarian situation due to the spread of poverty, unemployment and high rates of illiteracy among the young people. A large proportion of refugees of the production age remained unemployed due to the difficult economic conditions in Yemen.

In partnership with the UNHCR, the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) has been implementing programs to improve the livelihoods of refugees in the capital Sana’a. The program, over the past four years, benefited (2120) people in the field of microcredit and microenterprise programs. In addition, the program trained (150) trainees per year in a short-term training in fields of electrical wiring, auto mechanic, mobile phone and solar energy maintenance, and in fields of coiffure, beatification, henna, etc.
Moreover, the program is currently benefiting (78) male and female students in a long-term training in fields of dental technician, pharmacy technician, laboratory, health devices, computer, accountancy and administration.

With funding from UNHCR and implementation by CSSW, this project (Refugee Livelihood Improvement Project in Sana'a) aims at targeting (500) refugees from Somalia, Syria and Ethiopia to raise their living and economic standard through providing vocational training and lending services annually.


The current situation for refugees in Yemen:

The already precarious situation of refugees continues to worsen as a result of a sharp decline in the Yemeni economy in the context of social unrest and fragile security situation. The main obstacle facing self-reliant refugees is high unemployment, as only a few male refugees in Sana'a could find unskilled jobs in low-paid businesses.

Lack of education and inadequate skills among refugees is also a barrier to refugees from joining the labor market. Although a large number of refugees have graduated from secondary schools, their access to national educational systems, vocational training and universities is limited, since they are foreigners and should pay full fees that they cannot afford. This has resulted them in having a lower level of education and difficult access to jobs.

Project aimsTo raise the living and economic standard of (377) refugees in the city of Sana'a through provision of vocational training and lending services annually.


Project Outputs:
1. (87) male and female refugees improved their standard of living through provision of training in various proficiencies based on skills, knowledge, current benefits and market demand annually.
2. (150) male and female refugees, unaccompanied refugee men, and people with special needs improved their livelihoods by receiving short-term training or on-the-job training.
3. (400) male and female refugees receive soft loans, work and earn income.

Republic of Yemen, in the capital Sana'a - the new university
Phone: 009671464402

Fax: 009671464399

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