Widows receive livelihood skills in Abyei

Participants pose for a photo at the training venue in Abyei town photo |AAA Facebook|

Further twenty-five widows are being trained on income-generating skills in Abyei Administrative Area as way to alleviate poverty among women in the area.

The three-day workshop being conducted in Abyei since Monday drew participants from all the counties and Abyei Municipality.

It is facilitated by UN-Police gender office and Food and Agriculture Organization -of the United Nations FAO in collaboration with the local administration.

The practical skills which include poultry keeping, honey making, and yogurt making are being passed to vulnerable women to enable them generate money for supporting themselves and families.

To Nyanbol Chol Adija a mother and widow, the event is a step to changing her life for better.

“This workshop we are attending will change a lot of things. There are some people who do not know how to earn a living even if they have something. Now, it has opened our minds. We are being taught business skills. I would like us to do something after this training so that our life can improve,” Nyanbol explained.  

The area’s acting head of health, gender, and social welfare, Nyanwut Miyen Kuol who officiated the workshop said: “It will help herself. she can prepare it and sell it to support herself as a widow. Like this, the widow can have something to hope for, to bring up her children and to make life for future.”

This is the second group of widows to acquire income-generating skills this year, the first group of twenty-five graduated in May.

In an interview with Abyei FM on Saturday, the chief Administrator of Abyei Administrative Area, Kuol Deim Kuol indicated that women empowerment is one of his administration priorities.

The recurring violence has resulted in lost of lives, disruption of livelihood activities such as crop farming and animal raring, pushing many families into poverty