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    Day 13

    Keeping the Shop Open

    It’s a third and final day with Fartun, a Yemeni shop owner with the widest smile and warmest heart on the block.

    Fartun has been displaced from her home a number of times now—first, when she was forced to return to Yemen after living in Mogadishu, and then again when war broke out in Yemen. She’s finally feeling like she can breathe freely and relax in her new home of Hargeisa.

    Fartun’s feeling confident that this will be her forever home, especially now that she’s opened up her own beauty shop. But running a shop comes with steep costs—especially rent. Fartun’s shop is on a major street in her neighborhood. This prime location is one of the main reasons she’s able to sell as much as she is, but also one of the reasons that rent is so high.

    To lend her a hand and make sure that she can keep her op open for longer, we’re helping cover rent for the next few months. This way, Fartun will be able to try to sell her new items and try out innovative business strategies, all while keeping the lights on.

    If you’d like to support doing the doable and making change each and every day, make a donation to fund Changemakers 365.


    Meet Sam!

    Sam developed an interest in forced displacement, food insecurity, and identity while working on her master’s degree. She’s now using this knowledge to support Changemakers 365 across our country programs. When she’s not off on a work trip, she’s busy fermenting beverages, training for half marathons, or listening to podcasts at her home in Minneapolis.


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