Abo Ali, 23, owns a mini market in the informal tented settlement where he lives in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon.
Despite his disability that hinders him from doing many tasks, he came up with the mini market idea; he borrowed 200,000 LBP which he returned back when he opened the store.
“He is the maestro of his family, he is the one whom I contact to know anything about his family needs, he is very smart,” said the ITS Shawish.
Abo Ali is very proud of his mini market, everyone from the ITS come to get their needs from his shop because the other shops are very far from their place.
He stopped going to school when he fled to Lebanon, and when asked why he doesn’t register again at the school he said,” I am the only breadwinner of my family, I cannot leave them without a provider.” Three of Abo Ali siblings are disabled as well, which make it harder for him to pursue his education.
NRC provided him with legal counselling, and referred him to another actors who provided him with a new wheelchair.
Photo: Ghinwa Zahwi/NRC