Woman Economic Empowerment and Market Development
Women Economic Empowerment and Market Development (WEEMD), concluded in June 2019, was a DFAT Australia supported project implemented by SRSP in district Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda. With three basic components- economic and market development, women empowerment/youth development and provision of literacy and functional skills training, the project aimed at sustained improvements in quality of life of 37,000 poor rural women households.
Women Economic Empowerment & Market Development was operational in 22 union councils/72 villages in 3 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to benefit 278,000 population mostly women.
Overall an average of 54% increase in income has been observed under value chain component with 31% increase in Garland making; 59% in Marigold; 75% in textile made-ups, 59% in cloth cluster; 35% in milk and 72% in meat subsectors. Similarly, in terms of job-creation a total of 200 individuals have be employed in different sub-sectors.
Women Empowerment (CIF)
A total of 1,624 (31%) out of 5,204 women benefitting from CIF (avg. PKR 12,500) were interviewed for immediate benefits of CIF. At-least, 94% women reported an average income increase of PKR 3,585 per month. Moreover, the village banks under WEEMD have also created employment opportunities for 59 women as Credit Extension Workers.
- Participants of Adult Literacy Centres;
- 100% improved their numeracy skills;
- 99% improved reading/ writing skills;
- 97% improved usage of everyday literacy skills;
- 78% improved listening/speaking skills;
- 66% improved decision making at household/Community level.
For stimulating economic growth & market development, a total of six sub-sectors i.e. fresh milk, meat (common in 3 districts), cloth cluster in district Charsadda, marigold & garlands in district Nowshera, & textile made-ups in district Peshawar were selected out of 50 identified trades to benefit over 1,000 women/men beneficiaries.
To support & contribute to women empowerment/youth development, CIF through 50 women village banks was created to ensure women’s (13,000 in Nos.) equitable access to financial resources. For an avg. support of PKR 12,500/beneficiary, an increase of PKR 3,585/month in income has been recorded
The project also benefited rural women with basic literacy, numeracy and functional skills imparted through Adult Literacy Centers in the targeted districts. Nearly 500 teachers and learners were trained in literacy, functional and numeracy skills.
Nutrition Awareness raising sessions benefiting 31,000 women were conducted in close collaboration with Health Department with an aim to adopt healthy eating habits for overcoming malnutrition especially in women and children.
Women Business Centres
The project has also established 24 women business centers in different VBs, where 48 community resource persons provide training to rural women in 16 different trades. These women after successful completion of training are also provided with requisite equipment/tools to start business and to ensure sustainability. To create employment opportunities for rural communities, WEEMD has also proactively imparted employable technical and vocational skills to 900 women and men in its programme areas. Few preferred trades included ada/crochet work, fashion designing, hand purse/embroidery, burqa making plumbing, electrician, computer hardware, generator/ups/mobile repairing, heavy machinery, solar panel installation, and auto mechanic etc.
WEEMD had been instrumental in developing state-citizen linkages. District Coordination Committees were constituted in all 3 districts comprising GLAs. These committees met on regular basis to discuss issues of mutual concern and taking pragmatic steps to resolve it.
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