One day I hope to become a successful business woman” – Interview with a Business Facilitation Trainee Saido Ahmed Abdirahman

Posted June 28, 2020 from Somalia


I'm Osman Mohamud Nur former World Vision International staff worked in Eyl for the project of Nugal empowerment for better livelihood this project which implemented World vision in Nugal region Puntland Somalia. 

During Oct. 2015 up to march, 2018, I worked with World Vision for project of Nugal empowerment for better livelihood as I’m Business Facilitation Officer 1 in Eyl and Godobjiran. During that time, I trained 237 small business owners both Eyl and Godobjiran district in Nugal region Puntland Somalia. Some of these trainees those were illiterate passed through courses of actions. Firstly, we gave these trainees numeracy and literacy skills program and then joined their selected TVET program skills.

After these trainees graduated from their selective training skill such as tailoring, fishing, computer, cooking and beauty solon. Then they joined to Business facilitation training. Then, we started to train these trainees a business facilitation training translated into local language. This module originally developed by New Horizons Foundation (NHF) with technical advice and funding for development from World Vision Australia’s Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) Unit. These material curricula are very fruitful and draws on methodologies of experiential education, principles of adult learning, and proven practices for entrepreneurship and small business development.

Moreover, we also link/refer some of these trainees to local service providers such as banks and created good contact linkages/networks with financial institutions and/or other organizations or bodies that can assist in stimulating or advancing business development in their target areas. The financial institutions which we linked are included; Dahabshil bank, Salam bank and Amal bank and etc.

And our main aim was to improve the well-being of children from poor families, by helping caregivers to increase household income through the development of profitable, sustainable small businesses (typically micro-enterprises).

Business Facilitation achieves this by responding to common constraints facing small businesses in their respective contexts; namely external barriers relating to the local business environment in which they operate; and internal barriers relating to individuals’ lack of business competencies to start and run a business. To address these constraints, a local Business Facilitator is engaged whose role is to:

  1. Support a group of small business owners, referred to under BF as a Community Business Council (CBC), to collectively prioritize and overcome local business environment barriers;
  2. Deliver a training course to small business owners to build their business competencies (i.e. skills, knowledge and attitudes);
  3. Provide a coaching service to small business owners to strengthen their business competencies and make referrals to relevant networks and resources.

Supplementary interventions can be integrated to a Business Facilitation project in response to local business environment priorities. For example, when access to finance is identified as a binding constraint to small business development, the introduction of Savings Groups or the formation of a partnership with a microfinance provider can be progressed.

The current project included a Psychological First Aid training for Business Facilitators to strengthen social cohesion and protection among the beneficiaries.

 So let me share with you the  success story about Said Ahmed  live in Eyl Puntland Somalia.

          Saido Ahmed Abdirahman is one of our first Business Facilitation trainees in Eyl. In this interview, she tells World Vision staff about her experience. World Vision:

Hi Saido, thank you for taking the time to talk about your story. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Saido: I am 34 years and a mother of 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. Together with my family, I live in Eyl Dawad where I own a small shop.  World Vision: What made you open your own business? Saido: It’s the only thing I know to do. I grew up in a pastoral community near Bacadweyn – a small town in the north-central Mudug region of Somalia. As a child I never had the opportunity to go to school. Instead, I helped my mother in her small store. When I was older we moved to Bosaso where I opened a small shop of my own. With the little income I earned from the shop I paid the fees for the non-formal education classes I took in a private school in Bosaso. There I learned to write and read in Somali and how to calculate. Eventually, I moved to Eyl with my family.

World Vision : Why did you decide to join the Business Facilitation training?

Saido: I only earned very little money with my shop. It helped to pay for a few things my family needed but it was never enough and we always struggled at the end of each month. One day, I met Osman from World Vision who works as a Business Facilitator in Eyl. He told me about the training course and that I would qualify to participate. I wanted to be able to provide my children with a better life. So I decided to give it a try.

World Vision: What did you learn during the Business Facilitation training?

Saido: Together with about 20 other small business owners, I went to weekly classes. We learned how to do book- keeping and how to calculate profit and losses. I also learned how to come up with different ideas and select the best one. We were trained in marketing and customer service. Osman also coached me one-on-one when I had specific questions or problems with my business.

World Vision: Have you noticed any changes since the training? Saido: Before the training I had no idea how to run a business. Thanks to the training, I now know how to attract more customers. For example, I order items that people like to buy. I plan ahead and save money. This has helped me to increase our household income.

World Vision: What do you think are the main barriers in Eyl that hinder businesses from being successful? Saido: People have no idea how to run a business successfully. There are not a lot of different businesses or choices. Most of the business owners sell the same products. In addition, wholesalers and retailers compete with each other. But after having received the business facilitation training, we understand these challenges better and, with the support from World Vision, we have formed a community business council to tackle these challenges together. World Vision: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Saido: I hope to become a successful business woman owning several stores in different areas of Puntland – Inshallah! World Vison: Mahad sanid Saido! Saido: Adan mudan!

The amazing of  this story that it was published  European Commission Newsletter Research, Network and Support Facility {Number 4/ June 2016 Page 5}. Really this was my  great achievement during my working of world vision as Business Facilitation officer.  

Osman M.  Nur

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Jun 28
Jun 28

Welcome to worldpluse .
Thank you for sharing .
Love always .

Beth Lacey
Jun 29
Jun 29

It is a great achievement and you should be very proud.

Hello, Osma,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy to know a new voice from Somalia is rising up!

Congratulations on becoming an agent of change to the people in Eyl. Thank you for sharing this success story.

Please write more! We love to know more about you, what you do, and what you deeply care about.

Welcome again to our growing Community!

Laetitia Shindano
Jun 30
Jun 30

Merci beaucoup pour le partage . C'est formidable.