Little was moving as we made our way along the dusty stretch of dirt road connecting Juba to Yei in the scorching mid-day sun.
An Interview with WfWI graduate and Mayor Jasminka Begić
“I wanted to enroll in the Women for Women program after I heard an announcement made in church. I wanted to learn how to calculate profits and losses, and how to better manage my business.” The trainings have helped Unis achieve both of these.
Kadire Tahiraj is a mother of three, and lives with her husband and children in a small two room house.
For Valbona, the war in Kosovo destroyed everything she and her family had. “We tried to stay in Kosovo for as long as we could. My husband and I fled our village to escape the violence. In April 1999, things became too unstable and dangerous, so we left for Albania.
Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job. “I was left to care for my four children with no income.
I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died. I was very sad and even angry to have stopped going to school, but I had no choice as my mother was sick and I had to work to support her.
My last name, Dudic, is one that I got from marriage. Even though I am divorced, I have never changed it back. I have a son and a daughter, and my wrecked marriage has actually yielded some good.
And I don’t count my years. Just joking. I am 48 and I am probably soon going to be 50.
I am 39 years old. I am originally from Guhr province and my father was one of the famous and wealthy people in his province. He had nine daughters and five boys. My childhood was the most beautiful time in my life.