Reference : V-P-IQ-E-01114
Date : 04/03/2013
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Kirkuk, Huzeyran neighbourhood. Ensam moved to the city with her two young children after her husband was killed in the sectarian strife in 2007. Supported by an ICRC grant, she opened a grocery shop in the neighbourhood.
Photographer : KRZYSIEK, Pawel
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
"Although people are very poor," she says, "there is no other grocery shop nearby and so business is good."
Thanks to the shop Ensam can now support her two children and is even able to help others, which makes her very proud. The most important thing has been the social change in her life. "Things change when an international organisation like the ICRC shows interest in the lonely life of a widow," she explains.

ICRC website, Photo gallery, 15/03/2013

Iraq: Helping widows and disabled people start small businesses

People with a disability in charge of a household, as well as female breadwinners, face extremely harsh conditions in Iraq. The ICRC offers grants to help the most vulnerable start small businesses. Beyond the economic impact, it helps them restore their dignity by making them feel useful and needed in their communities. Kirkuk, in the disputed territories in the north of Iraq, is currently one of the cities most affected by violence.

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