When Nahla was thirty years old, the war in Juba, South Sudan threatened to reach her home.

With her husband, her own five children and her sisters two children in tow, Nahla’s family ran from the oncoming war. The family of nine now live in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp.

Now, at 32, Nahla owns her own shop, which she opened with the support of her husband and War Child.

“When War Child came to the camp, I chose to be trained on business management skills,” she says. After completing training, she received a small loan from War Child. Her husband had given her a similar amount before, and she had enough to open a small shop.

The project, Building Sustainable Future (BSF), is implemented in partnership with War Child Holland. The project is funded by IKEA Foundation and targets the livelihoods of youth, education through provision of safe learning spaces, and psychosocial support to parents and children.

Nahla says the most important thing she was trained on, and something that she uses daily, is calculation of profit. “For any item I buy, I make sure I don’t run into losses. I must make profits,” she says.

Nahla now estimates her business, including stock and cash, to be worth more than five times her original investment.

“Currently, I rent the shop for my small business,” she says. “I pay school fees for four children, I buy food to supplement the food we receive from UN, I pay for medical bills and I support my husband,” she says.

Nahla says that her husband “was not an educated person,” and when the war broke out, decided to leave his job as a soldier and attend school. He believes “life these days requires education,” and wants to get a professional job in the future.

Before starting her business, Nahla says that life was not easy. “We used to depend on the food rations given by UN,” she says, “which sometimes does not come in time, and it was difficult buying food for our home.”

“The loan I received as start-up capital from War Child increased the strength of the business I run today,” she says, adding that the most important part was the training.


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