Peace and Community Cohesion (PaCC) project helps returnee women to recover their livelihood

Caption: Mary Muya Khalifa a member of Ahwedriku Peace SACCO group in Opari Boma (HUMAES) May 31, 2024


A large number of refugees have returned and more are returning back to Magwi County especially in Iwire, Pajok, Pageri and Nimule and Mugali Payams.  Yet these returnees were displaced from their homes with a great deal of experience of extreme violence including rape, loss of lives, torture, and destruction to property.  Generally, they have gone through a lot.  Upon return, there are no mechanism to equip them with the skills and means to deal with their traumatic past.  Back at home and seeing the debris of what used to be their homes, their feeling of loss and grief is revived in Magwi  County especially Pageri  Payam. 

Before the intervention

Before UNDP-PaCC project 2020, Mary Muya Khalifa was doing bread making business in Opari Boma. Opari is located 60 kilometers from Nimule Town.  Mary buys materials for bread making from Nimule Town and take it to Opari Boma via Pageri Boma. She and prepares the bread and sells to community.  But, the 2013 and 2016 South Sudan conflict has affected her bread making business so much due to migration of bigger part of the population to refugee settlement in the neighboring Country Uganda.


HUMAES with support from SWEDEN through UNDPs upported youth peace group with saving and Internal Loaning Activities, conference tents and chairs to mobilize money in a common pool, so that the group can borrow from it as loan to run individual business. Mary Muya Kalifa is one of beneficiaries of UNDP-PaCC project 2020. She lived in Opari  Boma, Pageri Payam

After the intervention

After the intervention, Mary Muya Khalifa  observed that more returnees have

returned to Opari Boma and decided to 
pick 1000,000 South Sudanese as Loan from the group and venture into
selling mixed goods(Soap, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Biscuits) etc. Prices in Opari  is twice of that found in Nimule Town. Soap
cost 2,000, Sugar 1,500, cooking oil 700, Biscuits 1,000.  Her average profit per month is 20,000
-30,000 South Sudanese pounds. May Said “Thanks be to SWEDEN and UNDP for
forming this group. Without loan from this group, I would not have started this
second business. I want to work very hard so that, I make more profits for
buying more good and construct rental houses”

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