Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In 2012 following the worst drought in 60 in Somalia, 6700 families arrived in Garowe city of Puntland state of Somalia. These people were displaced by the drought and continuous fighting. They were in dire need of emergency relief and community development services. They were relocated to a remote area at a distance of 14 kilometres from the town with no access to basic services - health, education, clean and safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.
In February 2013, I introduced my Community-led total sanitation venture and took it to present at a symposium organized by the Resolution Project in New York in February 2013. My venture was selected and I received a seed grant of USD 1500 from Resolution Project. I used that amount to invest in training activities on participatory hygiene and sanitation tools for women leaders and girls selected from the displaced families. I engaged the trained participants in voluntary activities such as community awareness campaigns, garbage collection and disposal, health education promotion and water treatment activities. The venture built the capacity of 60 women and girls who became the determined champion in the community development work. The project enhanced the community education and awareness of environmental cleaning, disposal of human waste and personal hygiene practices. As a result, the number of cholera reduced from 221 in 2012 to 14 in 2014.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
I am currently partnering with the Resolution Project to gain technical assistance, guidance and other pro-bone services from two guides who are experts of business development, financial management, fundraising, strategic planning and management of community development projects.