Bashiqa residents are mostly Yazidis, Assyrians, and Shabaks with a minority of Kurds and Arabs. The town is surrounded by farms of olives and there is a small mountain to the north. As the whole area is well known for its olives, losing the factories and the farms has had a devastating effect. Therefore, this project uniquely helps a great range of beneficiaries:
- Factory owners
- Local shop owners
- Olive oil Soap factories
- Olive farm owners
Mosaic Middle East, through our delivery partner Ghasin Al-Zaitoun has helped the factory to purchase some of the equipment needed including the press, and processing equipment. It is now possible for locals to benefit from the surviving fields and process their olives.
Economic recovery is a significant factor that encourages the return of Internally Displaced Peoples who left their homes and businesses as a result of ISIL attack on the areas that were occupied by religious and ethnic minority groups in the Nineveh Plain.
Locally owned businesses ensure that important decisions are made by the people living in the community. They also share a larger portion of their revenue back into the local economy.
- Increasing livelihoods and stability for returning families
- Providing job opportunities for unemployed young people
- Supporting the local economy
- Encouraging local people to stay in the Nineveh Plain