Dahabshiil Celebrates Ramadan With Donation of Livestock to Somali Hospitals
HARGEISA, Somalia, August 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Dahabshiil Group has donated five hundred head of livestock to public hospitals in
major cities across the Somali territories.
Dahabshiil Group – which consists of Dahabshiil Money Transfer, Dahabshiil Bank
International and telecommunications company Somtel – offered the livestock in celebration
of the holy month of Ramadan, during which philanthropic giving and altruism are
A donation ceremony was held in Dahabshiil offices across twenty major towns including
Hargeisa, Berbera, Mogadishu and Garowe. The ceremony took place simultaneously in each of
the twenty locations on Sunday 5August. The donation was part of the regular contributions
made by the Group to underprivileged local communities.
Dahabshiil CEO, Abdirashid Duale, said:
“During this holy month it is important that we recognise those who are less
fortunate. Dahabshiil’s heritage is built on a culture of philanthropy that rings true
throughout the core of our business. This donation was in recognition of the vital
services and duties undertaken by public hospitals across all Somali territories.”
Dahabshiil has a 40-year history of supporting Somali-speaking communities around the
world, and invests millions of dollars in community regeneration projects and charitable
efforts across the 150 countries in which it operates. Last year, Dahabshiil donated over
US$200,000 to the drought victims in South Central Somalia. This donation was one of the
largest from a list of corporates.
Founded in 1970 as a general trading enterprise, Dahabshiil is the ‘rags to riches’
story of an African entrepreneur, partnered with his son, who had to start again from
scratch after the Somali civil war. With limited resources and a strong network of
contacts they set about rebuilding their company, which two decades later is one of the
largest international money transfer businesses in the Horn of Africa, providing access to
funding for communities in some of Africa’s most remote locations.
Despite its international success, Dahabshiil has remained committed to a policy of
low commissions, charging fees significantly lower than other international providers and
enabling migrants to send funds regularly and cost-effectively, regardless of their
whereabouts or the size of the sums transferred.
NB: The twenty cities in which the donation ceremony was held were: Hargeisa, Berbera,
Borama, Gabiley, Buuhoodle, LaasCaanood, Erigavo, Burao, Bosaaso, Beletweyn, Mogadishu,
Marka, Jowhar, Garowe, Galkacayo, Galmudug, Baydhabo-Bay, Hudur-Bakool, Kismayo, Buaale
SOURCE Africa Business