Reference : V-P-RU-E-00520
Date : 09/2007
Country/Region : CHECHNYA; RUSSIA
Caption : Grozny. A woman, beneficiary of the ICRC micro-economic programm, in her sewing workshop.
Photographer : LOUIS, Virginie
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This woman is divorced, lives on her own and has three children to take care of. They have been surviving on relief aid from humanitarian agencies and some help from the state.
Thanks to a micro-economic project by the International Committee of the Red Cross, her's daily financial struggle is starting to subside. She was able to start up her own sewing workshop and tailoring business in April, when the ICRC loaned her two sewing machines.
She became the proud owner of the sewing machines in September and now earns around 15'000 rubles per month, or about 600$ USD.
She sells her dresses directly to clients, or on the market place, and earns 250 rubles per dress. Working long hours, Shumisat can make up to 18 dresses in two days.
This type of micro-economic support is part of a wider ICRC initiative aimed at helping Chechnya's poorest citizens make the transition from relying on emergency assistance towards self-reliance and financial independence.
By providing residents with the tools and equipment to start a small business, the ICRC is working to ensure that vulnerable people have a sustainable source of income.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3456x2304
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour