One of the major focus of ACT has remained on uncovered developmental issues pertaining to rural women, especially. As a result, ACT has utilized its resources to an utmost level with a vision to empower the women in a sustainable manner which could also have replicating effects on the adjacent communities and areas.
ACT initiated the project titled ‘Empowering Rural Women through Skills Development’ under Small Grants and Ambassadors Fund Program (SGAFP) of USAID. The project aimed to improve food security & economically empower 300 rural women from 15 villages of Union Council (UC) Siana Daman, Tehsil & District Hattian Bala, and AJK.
The said target was achieved through identifying/ mapping marginalized women and conducting their trainings in already identified trades of Kitchen Gardening and Poultry Rearing. Besides this, the rural women were accessorized with inputs & tool kits to utilize the skills for income generation. As a result of successful communication and mobilization, the program had spin over impact which can be seen in adjacent villages.
The objectives of the aforementioned project was to empower women by re-organizing and investing in their capabilities of income generation 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.
- Establishment of various project committees and making them functional.
- Identifying premises for setting up 20 Training Vocational Centre TVCs in their respective villages and procuring furniture & equipment required for TCVs;
Thus, a total of 04 orientation sessions were conducted with community and formed 15 community committees in their respective villages. Moreover, 300 women (150 for Kitchen Gardening & 150 for Poultry Rearing) were trained as per approved criteria. For this purpose, 5 days training was conducted under Kitchen Gardening and 02 days training was conducted under Poultry Rearing to train these 300 women trainees. In addition to it, a project sustainability mechanism was developed and shared with the stakeholders for ensuring continuous replication of activities at the communal level.