Adopting innovative approaches to tackle Lebanon’s unprecedented challenges

Photo: WFP/Lebanon Country Office

“The support I received from WFP came at the right time. It was much needed. I was able to restock the store and include new items that I could not afford before,” says Dalida Khalil, the owner of a mini market in Achrafieh, Beirut which was severely affected by the Beirut blast.

The destruction at Beirut’s port following a huge chemical explosion that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital. In the background the destroyed grain silos are visible. The explosion in Beirut ruined about 1 month’s worth of grain for Lebanon. Photo: WFP/Malak Jaafar
In 2015, after 40 years of closure, Dalida managed to reopen the family-owned grocery store in Gemmayze. However, five years after opening, the Beirut Port Explosion destroyed her family’s shop. “We found everything outside. All of the goods were scattered on the ground” she explained. Despite having been injured in the blast herself, Dalida began renovating the shop the next day. In 2021, she received WFP support enabling her to refurbish the shop and stock up again on various food products. The photo above shows Dalida in her shop in Gemmayzeh, Beirut. Photo: WFP

“The economic crisis today is destroying everything. Whatever we sell, we wake up the next day with [new] unbelievable prices. But the business will stay. We are going to keep working and trying, so that we move forward. We have no other choice,” says Rony, the owner of Petit Pain, a bakery in Mar Mkhayel, Beirut.

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