Project information

Kiosk Project

Our kiosk projects are an opportunity to create micro-businesses which immediately give impoverished women a chance to generate an income, become self-supporting and give her back her dignity. This helps her provide food and education for her family thus breaking the cycle of poverty for the future

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Forgotten Women

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  • Need


    In the top 5 hardest places to be a women in the world, 3 countries we are working with feature: Somalia, Pakistan and India. Women in these countries are often left widowed or alone to provide for whole families. Which more often than not leads to prostitution, begging and child sex trafficking, unable to escape the poverty trap. 74% of women in Somalia are illiterate which limits them in terms of being able to access paid work leaving children with no education,stuck in the cycle of poverty.


    The kiosk project gives the selected women an immediate opportunity to become self-supporting and support their families. They are able to generate an income to feed, shelter and educate their children to enable them to become self-sufficient in the future. The kiosks we provide are built, stocked and transported to their chosen locations, and progress monitored by a key worker who visits and liaises with them should they need assistance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide 50 women in Somalia, India and Pakistan retail kiosks


    » Alleviate immediate poverty by allowing to self-generate income which leads to daily provisions of food for the family unit
    » Create opportunity for the wider family by enabling the mother to establish schooling for the children
    » Befitting the wider community by a small percentage pay back to enable another women

    What success will look like

    We are able to assist 150 women to have successful businesses and stop them being forced to beg, prostitute and improve living conditions, health and educate their children

  • Impact


    The long term goal is to enable families to become self-supporting, rather than being stuck in the poverty trap. Once income starts coming into each household, the family should have better nutrition, children have access to education and medical care.
    We will have a key worker in each country that is in constant contact with the selected women and feedback. Quarterly update reports shall be generated to monitor project progress.


    Certain individuals lived in areas where there is tribal in-fighting and there was a risk of kiosks being confiscated. These individuals were moved to safer locations enabling them to start new lives.
    General health of the selected woman may be poor resulting in long term sickness or death, we would allocate the next family member to take over the kiosk.


    Quarterly update reports are generated and sent to donor database. A yearly report is also generated to be able to see progression through the year of individuals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Retail Kiosks 50 fully stocked kiosks, build and transported in Somalia
      £25,000 Retail Kiosks 50 fully stocked kiosks, build and transported in Pakistan
      £25,000 Retail Kiosks 50 fully stocked kiosks, build and transported in India
      £5,000 Key worker salary Key worker based in Somalia who assists the women in business
      £5,000 Key worker salary Key worker based in Pakistan who assists the women in business
      £5,000 Key worker salary Key worker based in India who assists the women in business
  • Background


    In Somalia the women selected are based in Mogadishu, in a densely populated area living in abject poverty.
    In Pakistan and India the women selected area based in the Punjab, this is a vast densely populated area living in abject poverty.
    Somalia in particular is one of the most dangerous countries in the world where even charities fear to tread, however Forgotten Women has taken the bold step to reach out to these forgotten women.


    The women that meet the selection criteria are either widowed or left to provide for whole families by themselves. They don't have any means to generate an income meaning no escape or chance at a better future for themselves or their children, and these are women who are currently begging and scavenging for food. This opportunity offers immediate change to be able to become self-supporting and give them back their dignity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a female focused charity that seeks out the most vulnerable and poverty ridden women to rebuild their lives. This flagship and unique project provide immediate relief from poverty. We coordinate with NGOs on the ground to assess where this these projects are most needed.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sundeep Bahia

    Sundeep is the charity founder and CEO, and delivered the kiosk project in Somalia

    Lucy Rae

    Lucy delivered the project, media facing and networked with contacts on the ground in Somalia

    Ali Uzman

    Ali created the unique Kiosk project and coordinated the delivery in Somalia

Kiosk Project works!