Producing up to 3,000 items daily, the bakery maintained its steady output throughout the crisis. This ensured a much needed essential staple commodity remained available, and a population disproportionately impacted by conflict were supported through the crisis.
While for those benefiting from the bakery’s products, the impact is easy to see. But, for people living with disabilities (particularly landmine victims and ex-combatants), offered new opportunities and livelihoods, the results are deeper – independence, empowerment, reintegration, and a return to everyday life.
- Founded by ex-combatants with lifelong conflict-related injuries, the bakery provides long-term employment for 20 people with disabilities, as well as health insurance and housing support
- With specially tailored equipment and setup, the bakery can produce up to 3,000 baked items daily, generating an income for many of staff of around SDG 48,000 (US$ 870) per year – just 11% less than the average annual income in Sudan
- Following the success of the bakery, the former fighters began providing education and livelihood support for other community members living with disabilities, and helped establish a state-wide Council for People with Disabilities – who successfully secured legislative changes to protect disability rights at a state level
UNDP’s work in Blue Nile is part of its Community Security and Stabilization Programme (C2SP), which supports communities and people in six states most impacted by, or at risk of becoming involved, in conflict. Overall C2SP has supported tens of thousands across Sudan with livelihood development, peacebuilding and stabilization. Its activities are made possible with generous support from Italian Development Cooperation, the Governments of Norway, Japan and Spain, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). C2SP’s work in this field forms part of UNDP’s broader livelihood and peacebuilding efforts in Sudan, with hundreds of thousands of people assisted.