Yemen Our Home and Al Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank partnering for women livelihoods in Taizz Governorate

Sana’a, 23 November 2016 – The Yemen Our Home initiative and Al Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank, concluded a contribution agreement to establish home-based businesses for rural vulnerable women in Ash-Shamayatayn, Al-Mawasit, and Al Ma’afer districts in Taizz Governorate. The project providing small grants and equipment for women to safely produce and sell local cheese and laban.

Women bear a heavier burden with the war, and in particular women-headed households and widows who need income to afford basic necessities and sustain their families. Women represent 50% of the Yemeni population yet their role remains secluded and limited. An estimated 90% of the Yemeni women of working age do not participate in the labor force. Yemen Our Home is a UNDP initiative seeking to empower women economically for their self-reliance and recovery.

Women, who already traditionally produce cheese and laban in their homes, need the necessary tools and equipment (e.g. milk containers, refrigerators, coolers, smoking platforms, etc.) to increase product quality and hygiene for accessing additional markets. For this, Yemen Our Home is grateful for the support of Al Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank as corporate social responsibility is one of the vital avenues to build the resilience of affected communities.

 “We as Kuraimi Bank aim to sustain and improve livelihoods of war affected women communities, especially women headed households and widows in Taizz,” said Mohammed Mahmood, Marketing Manager during the launch of the project.

The project was completed in October 2016 and nine women established their businesses, earning an income for themselves.

“My life has changed for better after the project and I'm going to buy more sheep from the profits of my own small business to increase productivity and earn more income,” said Samar Salah, a project beneficiary.