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Bakery, flower shop and beauty salon – women opened new businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan with PCPM’s aid

Forty local women took part in business courses organized by the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) in Sheikhan in northern Iraq. 19 out of 40 workshop participants opened their own new businesses in the city.

Thanks to the PCPM Foundation, women in Iraq are setting off with their business activities

The women's economic activation program, run by the PCPM Foundation, is an important initiative not only for the residents of our municipality but also for our entire community, according to the chairman of the Shekhan municipality in Iraqi Kurdistan, Khalid Nermo Zedo. Thanks to the Polish Center for International Aid project, 19 women will receive funding to start businesses.

Iraqi Kurdistan. Good quality water already flows from the taps!

Residents of the Iraqi settlement Shev Baluka have access to drinking water! Just a few months ago they were trying to deliver it by connecter garden hoses, and today water already flows from the taps. It is one of several places in Iraqi Kurdistan, where the PCPM Foundation develops the savage network. Soon works will also start in the federal part of Iraq.

Iraqi fields like deserts. Thanks to PCPM, residents have access to water

Bibava and Kame are Iraqi villages located far from the center of the Sheikhan District and inhabited by dozens of many-children-families trying to make a living by working in the fields and sheep farming. They are “trying” because the temperature exceeds 40 degrees for six months of the year, and the drought has turned the surrounding fields into a desert. The PCPM Foundation found a solution and took care of access to water in this area. Water is already gushing from the ground - reports Jarek Zarychta from Iraqi Kurdistan.

PCPM in Northern Iraq. What are we doing there?

Nearly a million refugees have found rescue in Iraqi Kurdistan. These are families who have fled the persecution of the so-called Islamic State or the terror of the war in Syria. Cities here are growing at a dizzying pace and local authorities and institutions need expert support to tackle the many challenges and problems facing the whole region.

PCPM trains local authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan

Nowadays in Kurdistan we can observe a strong attitude of “teach a man to fish” regarding local citizens. After defeating the so-called Islamic State, it is finally possible. The situation in Northern Iraq is stabilizing. However, the process of achieving fully independence is not easy, due to the negative impact of financial crisis in 2014, provoked by low oil prices and investment outflow. PCPM actions support local governmental institutions in raising funds for the most important tasks.