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Jesuit Refugee Service in the nation’s capital, Kampala, helps refugees access these markets by offering vocational training courses in English language, business management, fashion and design, hairdressing, carpentry, arts and crafts, and catering.

Hundreds of refugees have started their life anew in Uganda through attending these classes. After graduating, some have managed to secure small business loans used to start their own businesses. Others have found employment in Ugandan businesses.

In order to thrive in cities, urban refugees must be versatile and creative. Musa Cirhuza, a 28-year-old Congolese refugee, used to sell goods in a market in Goma. He never thought he would become a carpenter until enrolling in the JRS carpentry class.

“I’ve learned that as a refugee you must be good at a variety of different tasks. I decided to take the challenge of being a carpenter, and through that, I’ve become a more patient and creative person. I’m more able to adapt to difficult circumstances,” said Musa.

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The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and the forcibly displaced, a vulnerable and often forgotten people.

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