Program Updates | Yemen

Last updated: July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020

In the small seaside village of Mayfa, in Yemen’s Hadramawt Governorate, the whir of a salt grinding machine serves as the backdrop for the regular motions of six women gathered along a simple assembly line. Sitting in pairs around three plastic tables, they fill, measure, and seal small plastic bags of refined sea salt destined to be featured in the spice aisles of the region’s grocery stores, providing livelihoods for hundreds of local families.

July 15, 2020

Fishing was once the most productive sector in Yemen’s economy, contributing 15 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Still today, it holds the promise of being a major source of foreign exchange earnings and fiscal revenues. Moreover, for coastal Yemenis, the fisheries sector remains the main form of livelihood, and a primary source of hope for lifting people out of poverty and food insecurity. With the war, however, poor handling and preservation practices have depleted the market and nutritional value of Yemen’s fishing stocks. In response, the USAID Yemen Economic Stabilization and Success (YESS) project has delivered targeted training and technical assistance to fishermen, and all along the value chain, to revitalize the quality of fish catches and maximize returns. 

July 15, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis in Yemen, the Umm Al Banat Art Center for Women’s Training faced a serious dilemma—adapt or go out of business. The center is a women-led social enterprise located in Khore Makser, Aden that previously specialized in manufacturing clothing. With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, however, demand for its products sank and sales plummeted. At the same time, demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and hospital-grade clothing took off rapidly, offering Umm Al Banat an opportunity to realign its production and re-launch itself as a profitable business.

March 2, 2020

Muhammad and his family of six live in Al-Wajd village in Ta’izz Governorate’s Al-Misrakh District. Like other parts of Yemen, the village’s water and sanitation services have been devastated by the ongoing conflict, including Muhammad’s household latrine.

February 20, 2020

Ghamdan, a high school graduate and father, works as an operator for the Al-Wajd Water Scheme Project in the Al Misrakh District of Ta’izz Governorate. Until the USAID Addressing WASH Services in Yemen activity implemented by CARE stepped in, the 5,422 residents of Al-Wajd lacked access to a clean water supply.