My name is Aisha and I am 29 years old. I am married and I am the 2nd wife. I have 3 children including two girls and a boy. We are refugees in Mali, originally from Niger. My husband does not support me or the children. He does odd jobs but never gives me the money for our needs.
He gives to the first wife only. My husband is abusive and insults me often. He refuses that I work but I manage to feed my children. I do hair braiding and laundry for people. I often felt sad and discouraged.
When my husband found out I was working, he got angry and said he didn’t want to see me anymore. I left with my children. I was hosted by a family I knew in the community. My husband continued to torment me and threatened to take my children and kill me. Life was not easy and it was by God’s grace that I survived. A client for whom I was braiding told me about services that help women and put me in touch with a lady from an NGO.
The lady from the NGO listened to me. I had been looking for someone to talk to for a long time. The lady gave me confidence and I was able to unload a weight from my shoulders. She told me about other services they offer. I was able to benefit from cash support. I cried with joy on the day of distribution because I never imagined having such a sum in my life. I moved a bit far from my husband in a room with a common yard. I was able to join a collective contribution saving group to generate income and I bought food. I am grateful for the support because I am more independent. I am still in contact with the lady from the NGO. I’m fine now
Denial of resources, opportunities or services: Denial of resources, opportunities or services: denial of legitimate access to economic resources / assets or livelihood opportunities, and to education, health or other social services. We talk about denial of resources, opportunities and services, for example, when a widow is prevented from receiving an inheritance, when a person's income is forcibly confiscated by his close companion or a member of his family, when a woman is prohibited from using contraception, when a girl is prevented from going to school, etc. Cases of general poverty should not be recorded.
Psychological / Emotional Abus: Infliction of mental or emotional pain or injury. Among other examples: threats of physical or sexual violence, intimidation, humiliation, forced isolation, pursuit, verbal harassment, unwanted attention, remarks, gestures or writings of a sexual nature and / or threatening, destruction of precious property, etc.