2019 Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) in Somaliland

2019 Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) in Somaliland

(GEEL IN SOMALILAND) The GEEL project promotes inclusive economic growth in Somaliland in the fish, livestock, and agriculture sectors. (Mohammed Yusef, Hargeisa Office Manager) The name of the project, GEEL stands for Growth, Enterprise, Employment, and Livelihoods. The project works with high-potential businesses in the fish, livestock, and agriculture sectors. GEEL also works closely with the government ministries and institutions to integrate Somaliland into the global economy through networking and investment facilitation. We introduced renewable energy technologies like solar to businesses in the fish and agriculture sectors and this has substantially reduced their dependency on the expensive nonrenewable energy sources. (Mustafa Sa’ad, Chairman Horn Gardens) Horn Gardens Company was founded in 2016 and is co-owned by a number of Somlilanders. In the two years we have been operating, we have partnered with the GEEL project. Their assistance made it possible for us to establish a one-stop shop where the farmers could buy everything they need including seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides. We have also managed to bring smart farming techniques, such as drip irrigation and greenhouse cultivation to many people and places. (Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Production Manager Somaliland Beverages Industry) The GEEL project worked with us at Lis Dairies in 2017 and 2018. They provided trainings to Lis factory employees. The trainings started hygiene and sanitation, because milk production is more sensitive than other beverages. Employees learned to observe appropriate hygiene, from uniforms to washing hands before stepping into the factory, and that the factory must be clean and sanitary at all times. The next trainings for operators were about the production process, so that they could ensure international standards and a high quality of milk and other juices produced. The importance of this workshop is to bring together electricity sector stakeholders, especially those that work with the electrical power and on distribution lines This conference led by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, brought together the electric companies, international organizations and consumers. (Rahma Mohamed, Energy Intern) I am a graduating student at the University of Hargiesa’s Faculty of Engineering and Electronic Engineering. GEEL has assisted us with many things including giving us several trainings. This trainings included how to design and maintain solar energy systems. In addition, GEEL facilitated internships for us. so that we could practically see and demonstrate what they have taught us. The GEEL project works with us to access markets for our fish. They also assist us with cold storage of the fish. GEEL staff conducted trainings on how to improve and maintain fish quality standards. Everything is going great for us This project is really encouraging, and we appreciate it very much. (USAID impact in Somaliland to date:$650, 800 Export sales by GEEL partners; 336 Full-time equivalent jobs created; $2,935,106 New private capital investment)

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  1. Mashallah. I want to purchase a farm in somaliland for agricultural business purposes. Can anyone help.

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