Waamo Enterprise is a construction company that produces building materials such as cement blocks, tiles, stones, bricks and other prefabricated concrete material. The next steps for the project are to invest in block production machines and buy aggregate and sand production lines. The company’s goal is to be involved in the reconstruction process of the country and help re-build Somalia and create job opportunities for the local population.
We interviewed Abdullahi Adan Hassan, who told us how after secondary school “I did not obtain any kind of job. I became desperate, there is no job, no money, no hope. I decided to sell the family house in Kismayo and migrate to Europe. I decided either to die or reach Europe to get better life there”. But while he and his family were waiting for brokers to sell their house, he met Mohamed Hussein from Waamo Enterprise who interviewed him and decided to give him a job in administration. “ I am earning enough to my daily life and I am sending the rest to my sisters and brothers in Ethiopia and Kenya. I am also driving the company’s service pick up and working hard”.
He also told us how his life has changed dramatically during this period. “I was a person trying to migrate into an uncertain migration journey. Some of my friends who migrated never heard whereabouts, some of them dead, some of them reached Europe, some of them get residence and live there, while others did not get residence permit and are still in desperate situation inside Europe. Me my life is stable now, I am building my future here in Kismayo, I hope our company will grow and will guarantee permanent job to me and my colleagues in the company. I hope peace will sustain here in Kismayo and all over Somalia”.
Abdullahi tells us that today his job description is to “buy raw materials including sand, stones, gravel, water and diesel to the block machines and on the other hand to contact construction companies in the city to get more order to our products. I have all the company documents, all forms, all keys, and I have an overall responsibility to the company.”
To set up a construction company in Kismayo, Jubbaland is challenging, as the region has been a target of the militant group Al-Shabab for a long period and is only now starting to develop. The demand for building materials is thus high and construction is a booming industry. Waamo Enterprise has started to sell building materials and is working with different companies in the region.
Waamo Enterprise is expected to contribute to the reconstruction process of the region by producing the building materials in the region, instead of importing it from other countries which is mostly the case. The company is thus focusing on increasing the domestic production and lowering the large trade deficit, while contributing to the infrastructure in Jubbaland by providing better quality building materials. In addition, the company focuses on introducing a cheaper and safer alternative way of producing building materials for the market.
“I was a person trying to migrate into an uncertain migration journey. But my life is stable now, I am building my future here in Kismayo, I hope our company will grow and will guarantee permanent job to me and my colleagues”