In this conflict, men have not only been displaced from their homes, but also as “protectors” of their families and dislodged as the primary breadwinner. This leads many to negative coping mechanisms, and domestic and other forms of violence in camps is generally high. To address this – and to provide men a productive activity where they can begin to support their families’ needs, SEED began its men’s livelihood program.
SEED operates a pallet furniture-building program to provide men with income-generation skills, reducing the risk of their resorting to dangerous and exploitative work. Pallet furniture-making offers a highly sustainable income source in that wooden pallets are free, and uses inexpensive tools that last for many years.
SEED is providing livelihood training to men, consisting of woodwork and ‘up-cycling’ of wooden pallets to make furniture. The training and furniture-making activities are carried out in our large woodworking site near the SEED Center in Mamilyan Camp. Pallet furniture offers consumers both quality and affordability, and SEED’s assessment in Erbil and Duhok found that there is a market for such pieces. For approximately $300 per person, we are helping men to start a business that can sustain them in the long term.