110 Small businesses for Sinjar & Nineveh Plain by Yazda, funded by USAID and supported by IOM & HAI

Updated: Feb 6

As part of the USAID funded and IOM supported project, “Supporting the return of the displaced population in the Nineveh Plains and West Nineveh”, Yazda has opened 4 small business in Sinjar for survivors and victims of ISIS atrocities.

These businesses include, 1 food market in Gohbal village, 1 sewing shop and one food market in Sinuni town and one food market in Dogri town on the North Part of Sinjar Mountain. As a part of the same project and with the generous fund from USAID and essential support from IOM, Yazda is planing to open 86 more business in Sinjar and Ninewa plain within a year from now. 

Similarly and as a part of the USAID funded and Heartland Alliance International (HAI) supported project ‘’Safe Return Project to support victims of severe human rights violations in Nineveh’’ Yazda opened 10 small business since last August and 10 more businesses will be opened by the end of September.

These business include:

1- Type of business: Small Market. Location: Sinjar City- Al Nasser District. Name Of Business: Mam Badal Market.

2- Type of business: Small Shop For Housewares, Kitchen and cleaning Items. Location: Sinjar City- Alshohadaa District-Sinjar City.  

3- Type of business: Clothes And Accessories. Location: Sinjar City- Alshohadaa District. Name Of Business: Istanbul For Clothes.

4- Type of business: Small Food Market. Location: Sinjar City- Al Yarmook District. Name Of Business: Shingal Market.

5- Type of business: Shoes Shop. Location: Zorava. Name Of Business: Waleed Shop For Shoes.

6- Type of business: Clothes And Accessories. Location: Sinjar City- Alshohadaa District. Name Of Business: Al Shaam For Clothes and Accessories.

7- Type of business: Gas Cylinders Shop. Location: Hardan. Name Of Business: Hardan For Gas Cylinder.

8- Type of business: Clothes Shop (Men, Sports, Kids). Location: Sinjar City- Al Yarmook District. Name Of Business: Samar For Clothes

9- Type of business: Blacksmith. Location: Hardan. Name Of Business: Hardan Blacksmith.




10- Type of business: Small Market. Location: Siinjar City- Alyarmook District. Name Of Business: Daham Market

















* Pictures below are from the 14 opened small business. Credit: Yazda Cameraman, Faris Mishko.


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Opening of A carpentry Small Bussiness for Four Beneficiaries


Yazda, with the support of its partners, is implementing various projects aimed at improving and empowering the socio-economic status of hundreds of families that returned to Sinjar after being displaced following the 2014 genocide.

One of these projects changing the lives of many families is the Yazda Small Business Project which included opening 47 small business projects for 71 beneficiaries. This project is in partnership with the IOM Iraq and with generous funding from the American People through the US Agency for International Development USAID Middle East for the “safe return of the displaced population in Ninewa Plains and western Ninewa”.

As an example of the success of the project, Yazda provided resources for four carpenters who work together in housing construction. They are aided by the financial and material resources from this project which helps them work and sustain their business.

These four beneficiaries were working before the 2014 genocide in Sinjar. However, they lost their business when they were displaced by the ISIS attacks. They returned in 2016 to a Sinjar with limited resources and job opportunities and lacked the financial capacity to start their work again. Yazda supported them, and they are now feeling happy with their own businesses supporting their families and their community as well.