Selling fuel was the unique way to survive to the crisis
Furaha (26) is an IDP living in Kitchanga/North Kivu province, married and mother of three children. Three years ago, she is living in Kitchanga where she has been forced to live fleeing her village of Pinga located in walikale territory because of repetitive attacks between militias and DRC loyalist forces that provoked a massive displacement of people in the area.
“when I arrived here in Kitchanga, the living conditions were extremely difficult because as a farmer in pinga my life was depending on agricultural products. Suddenly, I couldn’t do more in an urban middle where I have neither field nor breeding. Finding what to eat became for me a nightmare”, she testified.
Actually, Furaha as many others IDPs living in Kitchanga strive to rebuild their selfreseilience through NRC’s urban project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) that targeted people affected by displacement in Kitchanga.
Indeed, Furaha is an example that might be followed by many women crossing the same crisis. When she was assisted with conditional cash, immediately she started a small business of selling fuel to taxi drivers.
“selling fuel was for me the only way to survive to the crisis. I remember that on the beginning, people were laughing at me because in this area a woman could not sell fuel. Then, knowing that there is no specific work for men or women, I decided to break this taboo. Now, I have two fuel cans and my benefit per week is around ten dollars”, she said.
Furaha is an optimist woman and never give up despite the small benefit generated by her business.
“as longer as selling fuel covers the primary needs of my family including education of my daughter, I will never give up. I really hope that through this work, I’ll support the education of my children even at university but also I aim to buy a land where I will build a small house here”, she explained.
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