32 Agribusinesses & 32 non-Agribusinesses plus Vocational Trainings in Sinjar-Yazda, ASB and BMZ

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

As part of the livelihood and agricultural project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Yazda together with its partner Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) have started to implement several activities in Sinjar City and its surroundings. 

Eight individuals (four male and four female), selected based on the vulnerability criteria, have started vocational training in September to learn new skills and gain experience that will support them in future employment opportunities. As the four men are placed in existing businesses, it also supports the capacities of small business owners. The trainees and trainers both receive a small monetary allowance in addition to the printed training materials. As the men are learning practical skills at workplaces such as mechanic or repairman, the women are learning tailoring and baking - skills that allow them to also work from home. 

In addition to the vocational training, this program also aims to open 32 agribusinesses and 32 non-agribusinesses during the two-year period. Some of the participants have already been selected and received training on managing a small business, accounting, and marketing in addition to submitting their business plans. Six small grocery shops in Sinjar City and surrounding villages are already in the process to officially open their doors to customers this week. 

All these income-generating opportunities aim to increase the scale of the economy in Sinjar and strengthen the capacities of the most vulnerable groups of society. 

Yazda opens a photo studio in Solagh village to help a man who lost his shop during the genocide.

Omer Murad is a photographer who lived a normal life with his family in the village of Solagh, in Eastern Sinjar. There, he ran a photography studio where work was a stable and good source of income in a village where most families were dependent on farming and agriculture.

When ISIS launched its genocidal attacks on Yazidis in Sinjar, he became displaced with his family in the Kurdistan Region while ISIS destroyed and looted his town, including his photo studio.

Once ISIS was defeated, Murad decided to return to his home in Solagh, but he struggled to find a job that would meet his family's needs. Yazda has assisted him and has been providing him with the necessary resources to help him re-open his photo studio and reestablish his livelihood.

Today, Murad was able to take back his shop, but his customers are still gone. He wishes that the villagers of Solagh will return to their ancestral lands and visit his studio once more.

Vocational training and Financial support for survivors of the ISIS genocide in Sinjar

Najat is a Yazidi genocide survivor who had been abducted by ISIS, when they had launched their genocidal attacks on the Yazidi minority, in August 2014, in the province of Sinjar, in Iraq.

Najat was subjected to torture, enslavement and tremendous suffering, in the hands of ISIS, for two years, before her husband was able to find a way to save her from captivity.

Najat and her husband had to live in IDP camps for four months, before being able to retrieve official documents that were lost as a result of the attacks. They have since returned to live in Sinjar.

Najat has been struggling with gaining employment that would help her to meet her family's monetary and daily needs. Yazda has visited her to show her their support. She is currently undergoing sewing training, from a Yazda-appointed tailor, and she is also receiving financial assistance from Yazda.

Yazda proudly undertakes this project which is in partnership with Arbeiter- Samariter -Bund (ASB), and this is being generously funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ