IOM The Gambia
“My family is happy that I go to work every day, and hopefully at the end of the month I will be able to bring home enough income for all.”
“In 2017, I lost my job at a transport company and I could no longer support my family financially. For this reason, I decided to embark on the backway. After a year working in Tripoli, I lost my job because of the conflict. I was not certain of securing another job, so I returned to The Gambia in November 2019.
My return brought so much joy to my family. At the same time, a few people in the community laughed at me when I returned, saying I was useless. However, the most important thing for me is family, so I didn’t care about what other people said. What really mattered was to make sure that my family and kids had a better future.
Immediately after returning, I would fetch firewood and do other menial jobs to sustain myself. In June 2020, I received support to operate a commercial taxi, a project in cooperation with my community. I just started the business a month ago and it has been going well so far. My family is happy that I go to work every day, and hopefully at the end of the month I will be able to bring home enough income for all, besides the money for the community and car maintenance.
Because we’re going to be living with the virus for some time, I have to adapt my business. Though I have to think about being safe when working. I will not sit and fold my hands because of the pandemic. "I will continue to work within shorter destinations. This way, the car will consume less fuel, and this will be more profitable for me.”