Disrupted electricity supply and a heightened fuel crisis have forced millions into darkness, meaning many communities are unable to operate productive machines, run hospital surgery rooms, collect garbage, or truck or pump water for livestock, irrigation and drinking use. The scarcity of cooking gas has led to high dependency on unsustainable energy sources such as wood and charcoal which further damages natural assets of the country. Green Yemen will provide alternative energy, solid waste management support and water to safeguard the environment for future generations.
Women bear a heavier burden of war, in particular women-headed households and widows, who must now find work in a culturally accepted profession to sustain their families. Women represent 50 percent of the Yemeni population; yet their role remains secluded and limited. An estimated 90 percent of Yemeni women of working age do not participate in the labour force. In addition, war has disrupted many maternal health facilities and midwifery services. The clinics lack equipment, medicine, and basic facilities. Inclusive Yemen will economically empower women for self-reliance and improve midwifery services as social business.
As of August 2015, 27 percent of micro, small, medium and large enterprises had closed as a result of the crisis. Businesses are being damaged and losing their customer base. Sourcing goods and commodities is made difficult due to import restrictions. Unemployment, which already stood amongst the highest in the region, is dramatically increasing as markets close and the economic activity comes to a standstill. Productive Yemen aims to revive businesses and social entrepreneurship skills, particularly among youth, to mitigate the impact of the war on communities.