Dairy Project improves livestock productivity and incomes of rural women by training them as Women Livestock Extension Workers. Through these trainings, unemployed, marginalized rural women are empowered through the provision of knowledge, official certification from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences as well as skills and tools to provide much-needed animal health care, management and record keeping in their villages.

The project aims to train 7,000 WLEWs, which includes refresher/advanced training for 1,000 women. As of April 2016, 6,731 women have been trained in basic animal husbandry and livestock management. Each WLEW provides dairy extension services to farmers in, on average, two nearby villages and earning PKR 1,085/-($10 approx.) per month. The WLEWs that are given refresher courses earn an average monthly income of PKR 2,457/- ($ 24 approx.). Project-trained WLEWs acquire new skills such as animal vaccination, deworming, animal health management, importance of nutrition and Mastitis control and treatment.

Success Stories

  • Muhammad Tariq, being the only bread winner of the house, was finding it difficult to make ends meet with his economic condition. However all th... Read More

  • Muhammad Azam Bashir lives in Basti Sheen Mar Moza Qadir wah Tehsil, District Vehari, with his wife and a son. He heard about USAID-DRDF Dairy Project’s trainings through Dairy Project’s T... Read More

  • 27 year old Hamid Nawaz Basra, is an ambitious and progressive farmer who lives at 66DB, Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur. He saw the advertisement in newspaper about technical ... Read More

  • Muhammad Ghufran’s previous job as a rickshaw driver meant he was always uncertain about the income he would make on a monthly basis, as it would depend on the number of passengers. There... Read More

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) through their Dairy Project are providing trainings to women from P... Read More

  • “My success is greatly indebted to USAID-DRDF Dairy Project team, which helped me explore new ways of better income and improved social status through its Woman Livestock Extension Workers tra... Read More

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