Reference : V-P-IQ-E-02246
Date : 11/10/2018
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Mosul. This man owns a falafel shop that was destroyed by armed conflict. Thanks to an ICRC small grant, he was able to reopen and provide an income for his family.
Photographer : SHERKHAN, Ibrahim
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article of 30.05.2019: Small projects bring life back to the streets in Mosul

Various small and medium businesses in the Old City of Mosul are supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross as life gradually returns to the streets and people resume their lives. Some business owners have restored their activities to pre-conflict levels while others are gradually recovering. And some even earn a higher income than ever before.
Micro-economic initiatives (MEI) are income-generating programmes implemented through a bottom-up approach, with each beneficiary identifying and designing the assistance received to run a small business.

[...] Mustafa is a young man from Mosul who bears a heavy responsibility. Following end of the conflict, he became the sole breadwinner of a family comprising four sisters. Mustafa explained: “Before the war, I ran a restaurant together with my father. When the war broke out, we had to close it. My father was killed in the conflict and living conditions worsened.”
But life went on. And, as Mosul became increasingly stable, Mustafa thought of a commercial loan to open the restaurant again. “When the ICRC came in and supported me, I did not need to borrow money and could open the restaurant again. Now, I am a business owner,” he says.
Mustafa would like to develop his business and hopes that life will normalize. “When people return to the streets and the markets reopen, I will be able to maximize my income. My goal is to revive my restaurant and maintain the reputation of my father.”

[...] ICRC-implemented MEIs are a type of assistance that require that beneficiaries possess a mix of skills and motivation to achieve the desired business results. [...] Throughout 2018, 96 cash grants were given to small business owners in the Old City of Mosul who had lost their businesses due to recent conflict.
Resolution : 6016x3376
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour

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