Reference : V-P-SY-E-00618
Date : 03/03/2016
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : Homs. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent support the income-generating activities. Adham opened a clothing shop through a micro-economic initiatives (MEI) program.
Photographer : KRZYSIEK, Pawel
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Adham relates: "I worked as a graphic designer and in the field of marketing. I was living in the old city of Homs, and I had a busy productive life. With the increase in fight, it became difficult to live there and to find clients; I moved out to Al-Waar. With fight and uncertainty ongoing, my skills of designing and marketing were not very much in demand. I could not just stay home and do nothing, to work is in my blood, and hence I started selling tea and coffee in the street. I also sold toys for kids and accessories for girls, and at the same time learnt how to repair mobile phones.
Upon a friend’s advice, I started selling cotton-wear on the street, I found this type of business to be good, but I did not have resources to expand it, and I wanted to grow. With the help from the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, I rented a shop on shared basis, and slowly build up the variety and stocks of clothing. Now I get more customers every day and it’s easier for them and me to be in a shop rather than on the street. With the money earned, I am also partly helping my parents, and this small business has given me hope that life can be started all over again.
However, I still wish to have a mobile phone repair business, because I am obsessive towards electronics and gadgets, who knows, may be some day I can do that."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour