Barikisu's Story of Perseverance

Posted on: 2016/11/01 10:56

Barikisu's story is one that is both unique and striking. Her migration story highlights the importance of persevering in adversity. Perseverance - it is the fuel that drives the human engine beyond all seemingly insurmountable ordeals in life. It is the state of continuing to exist in spite of all the difficult circumstances we may encounter on our journey in and out of this world. As human beings, our ability to bear up defines our capacity to positively impact our future, and nowhere is this philosophy more evident than in the individual stories of migrants who have been able to transform their grim present into a promising future.

Barikisu's story is one that is both unique and striking. Her migration story highlights the importance of persevering in adversity. Perseverance - it is the fuel that drives the human engine beyond all seemingly insurmountable ordeals in life. It is the state of continuing to exist in spite of all the difficult circumstances we may encounter on our journey in and out of this world. As human beings, our ability to bear up defines our capacity to positively impact our future, and nowhere is this philosophy more evident than in the individual stories of migrants who have been able to transform their grim present into a promising future.

This is the story of Barikisu; a woman who hails from the Upper West region of Ghana. She had initially set out to start a family, but after the father of her child refused to marry her, Barikisu found herself struggling to make ends meet. Her elder sister had returned from Egypt to Ghana for a holiday and encouraged her to get a passport claiming that she had a medical condition requiring treatment. Facing economic pressures, Barikisu accepted this offer and decided to spend all her money to buy herself out of Ghana. She used her life savings to pay for the visa and plane ticket.

Upon arriving in Egypt, Barikisu was employed as a housekeeper and babysitter, but her employers soon found out about the pretended illness listed on her passport and decided to lay her off. Once again, Barikisu found herself stranded in an unfamiliar country with absolutely no means of support. She struggled to find herself a stable job and whatever little income she made out of seasonal employment went into her sister’s pockets instead of her own. After three years of endless turmoil and oppression, Barikisu became hell-bent on returning to Ghana. She was well aware of the dire financial situation which hindered her return andhad recently heard about IOM ,so she decided to reach out for assistance.

IOM concluded that Barikisu qualified for assistance and immediately started arranging for her return to Ghana. IOM also provided her with in-kind assistance to start her micro-business back home. Since she already had some experience with trade, Barikisu chose to continue in the same field. Her siblings helped her furnish her old store and Barikisu used the IOM in-kind assistance to buy and transport groceries from Accra to her village. At this point, she is performing very well and already has plans for expansion. Barikisu has increased her level of stock and took up a loan from a local group in order to buy a deep freezer for more storage. Not only has she been able to break even, but she has also started making profit. As a result, Barikisu can now support her daughter’s education and give her siblings a helping hand. “My life has improved and the impact I have on my community is great. I serve them with a variety of groceries right at their doorstep,” she said. She also stated that the general public admires her because of her relationship with them and her dedication towards her business.

She noted that the IOM assistance was an eye-opener for her and confirmed that it had definitely strengthened her economic situation. Her word of advice to the Ghanaian community in Egypt is that “they should come back with a plan of action and their situation will surely improve.”

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