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Fuad now says he earns a higher income than what he used to make before he decided to leave the country, which was a major push factor in his original decision to try to irregularly travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  

 

Ahmed Jamal, another IOM beneficiary who runs a shop a few blocks from Feud’s, states that he now has savings and is planning to transform his shop into one of the town’s biggest.  

 

“I now tell many young people in my neighborhood that they should not despair and hope that life is any better on the other side. Life can be good here too if you work hard,” Ahmed said.         

 

Depending on the availability of funding, IOM provides reintegration support to returnees based on their individual needs and interests. In Sigma, the reintegration assistance has supported the establishment of vending kiosks, retail shops, and cattle fattening businesses.  

 

With most of the shop owners having grown their stock since their business was initially set up last year, and with cattle fattening businesses now serving dairy farms, the success rate of all the reintegrated beneficiaries in Sigma is high. 

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