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    Learning new trades to bolster income

    Day 346

    Noodling Around

    No matter where you live, going without a paycheck is hard. A job helps you support a family, buy the things you need, and build a sense of purpose. But finding work can be a struggle. In El Nimir camp, one group of women is working to increase job opportunities.

    They’re a sewing group by trade, and they make beautiful embroidered blankets and clothing. But they’re teachers, too, and their lessons span beyond textiles and into women’s empowerment.

    Now, the group is working to build out more livelihood opportunities. Habbiba, one of the leaders of the group, has good reason to expand their operations. She’s a 28-year-old mother of six, and her husband did not come with from South Sudan. “I have to work hard because I have big responsibilities and I am alone,” she said.

    Though she is busy now, she knows she can do more. “As you see, I am a needle worker, and I make all kinds of things,” she explained. “I can learn anything to increase my income.”

    Her idea? A noodle making machine. “The noodle machine will help me increase my income, and I can feed my children the noodles, too,” Habiba explained to us.

    Thanks to the quick work of our procurement team, the noodle machine showed up in no time! Looks like pasta is back on the menu!

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