- Somali Land
“I used to sit out in the streets and at tea shops unable to do any work to earn some money, I had nothing to return back home to my poor family. At the end of the day, the children in the village were the only ones that helped me cross the roads” recalls Shukri Aw Ali Hirsi.
Shukri lives in a village in Somaliland. Though only in his miid-twenties, he’s the eldest man of his family of ten. All of them counted on him to provide for the family. A heavy burden for any young man, but especially so for Shukri, who is suffering from paralysis of his lower limbs, caused by polio that affected him when he was a child.
“Knowing how difficult it is for an ordinary person to get a good job, it is even harder for a physically challenged person like me to make ends meet.”
But things changed for Shukri thanks to Oxfam and Candlelight, a local partner. Along with 19 other young men, he received one month training in repairing mobile phones and was provided with a kit including one solar panel, solar rechargeable battery, mobile chargers and other accessories.
He now has his own little repair kiosk, in front of his hut. “I provide electricity recharge for about 25 phones daily, charging 1500 Somaliland Shilling (approximately $0.2) each. I repair about 15 mobile phones in a month, $5 each reparation. On average, I earn about 37,500 Somaliland Shillings (about $5) in a day.”
This is enough to sustain a living for him and his family. Shukri is now very optimistic about his future. “I want to have my own repair shop. I have many hopes as I look forward to achieving my dreams. My disability has indeed taught me to fight for who I should be and not who I am today.”
Photo: Amal Nagib / Oxfam
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