Livelihoods – Haripur

In Haripur, the most common livelihoods for Afghan refugees are as daily wage labourers, normally on farms as the district is heavily reliant on agriculture.

Agriculture is the predominant livelihood of the rural population while in urban areas many refugees work in factories or as labourers on construction sites.

A few refugees in Haripur are self-employed, typically in carpet weaving or distribution businesses, restaurants, car sales, import-export, small shops, greengrocers or as drivers.

In urban areas, Afghan refugees rent houses, own cars, work in offices or run their own businesses.

Training on a range of vocational skills in the RAHA programme has been provided in 20 centres throughout Haripur, particularly for urban female refugees. Nevertheless, many urban refugees are not aware of these training programmes, necessitating greater outreach by UNHCR and partner organisations. In Haripur, the vast majority of the activities funded by UNHCR are focused on those refugees residing within the refugee villages (former camps).