Aiming Change for Tomorrow International (ACT – International) in collaboration with USAID – SGAFP is working to improve food security & economically empowerment of 300 rural women from 15 villages of Union Council (UC) Siana Daman, Tehsil & District Hattian Bala, AJK. The organization aims to do this by identifying marginalized women and conducting their training in already identified trades of Kitchen Gardening and Poultry Rearing, besides providing them with inputs & tool kits to utilize the skills acquired to generate income for themselves and their families.
ACT conducted an assessment in District Hattian Bala during which it was discovered that the average household (HH) income in UC Siana Daman is Rs. 4,500 (USD 45) per month which is not sufficient for a family of 07-08 people on an average. During the same assessment it was found out that the women in UC Siana Daman wanted to have some vocational skills which could be used by them at household level for income generation. The skills prioritized by them according to their interest are being focused in the current project. Under the proposed project, 150 women would be provided vocational training in Kitchen Gardening & 150 in Poultry Rearing. The vocational trainings would be provided by qualified and experienced instructors at Temporary Vocational Centers (TVC’s) to be established for this purpose, at village level. The women trainees would also be provided with relevant tool kits and inputs to be used during training and afterwards.
The objectives of the proposed project/activity are as follows:
Empowering women by re-organizing and investing in their capabilities to increase household’s income and improved standard of living in the target area through:
- Provision of vocational training to 300 women in Kitchen Gardening and Poultry Rearing;
- Provision of essential tools and equipment to 300 women in the respective trades to practice the acquired skills.
- Creating opportunities for producing and consuming healthy organic food.