The picture shows the art of Somali women and men creating socio-economic value through a sewing cooperative which has started in the region of Borama in Somaliland, by Lajeel. She now has the role as a mentor.
Lajeel has inspired women entrepreneurs willing to start working under cooperative principles: all of them willing to become working members, have a democratic say and vote, have concern for community life and work towards a sustainable community enterprise. Lajeel has prepared the women’s group to seek a market for their products. These are toiletries which are being offered to hotels and uniforms for school children. This is the first women’s cooperative that has started in the region, and Lajeel is being asked to expand the idea of cooperatives in Mogadishu and Garowe for women entrepreneurs.
Lajeel, as an adult educator and social entrepreneur received training within the Erasmus Cross-Borders Intercultural and Societal Entrepreneurs project and has gone to her country of origin to develop the five life-skills of the project curriculum. The life-skills in the curriculum aim to train adults to develop a social entrepreneurial mind-set and be trained in numeracy and financial aspects towards the sustainability of community enterprises.
Lajeel Abdirahman is a Somali social entrepreneur, community worker, associate to the project Cross-Borders Intercultural and Societal Entrepreneurs. Since 2016 she has travelled twice to her country of origin, Somalia, to deliver training in the entrepreneurial facilitation and dialogue facilitation in communities in Mogadishu and Somaliland. She started a WhatsApp group through which she has continued to mentor adults and young people whom she started training in Mogadishu. She is now supporting a group of women entrepreneurs who have started a sewing cooperative to enhance the socio-economic value within their own community and their own economic life.