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February 3, 2022

Iraqi food and last-mile delivery service Alsaree3 raised over $4 million in 2021 thanks to advisory support from the Tahfeez program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID).  USAID support connected Alsaree3 with new investors and supported the company in finalizing the investment process, resulting in Alsaree3 raising over $1,000,000 in fundraising in late December from investors based in Iraq and across the Middle East and North Africa.

February 1, 2022

“I forget all of the day’s hard work when I come back home and see the smiles on the faces of my children,” Naif, 42, who runs his own welding business in Sinjar. Naif, husband and father of five children, fled from Sinjar in 2014 – like other Yezidis – to escape from ISIS. 

February 1, 2022

Safa Jasim Mohammed, 39, earned a living cooking beans for a street vendor in Mosul’s Old City, but her true passion was always sewing. When Safa fled ISIS with her husband and five children, she was able to make ends meet by taking up small sewing projects. When they returned to Mosul after its liberation, Safa started working as a seamstress in a sewing factory. However, even with this stable job, her small salary made it difficult for Safa, the sole breadwinner, to cover all their costs and felt herself falling deeper into debt. 

January 18, 2022

Though an agricultural engineer by trade, Abdulqader, 35, spent the four years following Mosul’s liberation from ISIS working to remove waste and rubble from the destroyed areas of the city. Abdulqader was concerned by the toxic smoke created by burning the organic waste and building remains together and was determined to find a safer solution. 

January 18, 2022

As a child growing up in Fallujah, Um Razan, 31, would often sneak away to take pictures around town using her father’s old camera. What was once a childhood hobby has grown into a lifelong passion for photography. 


Last updated: February 04, 2022

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