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Translating Energies for Better Livelihoods

“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 training program for unemployed and underprivileged rural women across South Punjab. After receiving this training, I am not only enabled to provide timely basic livestock health and management services at my community but also head towards getting better education”, remarks Memoona Farid from Chak 158EB, tehsil Burewala, district Vehari.

IMemoona was just living an aimless life after her matriculation, adding no value to her family. Due to insufficient resources of her father, she was unable to incarnate her ideals of better education and improved socio-economic status. Not accepting this predicament, she was committed to find a way to pull her family out of miseries. Armed with this resolve, she was fortunately introduced to the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project’s team at a village community meeting, where she was acquainted with their Women Livestock Extension Workers’ program.

USAID-DRDF Dairy Project through its Women Livestock Extension Workers training program is empowering unskilled rural women through the provision of hands on 30 percent theoretical and 70 percent practical training with official certification from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to provide timely and much-needed animal health care and management services at their villages.

During this hands-on training, I learnt about vaccination, deworming, record-keeping, feeding, free-access to water and hygiene”, Memoona adds. After successful completion and certification of four-week training, the Dairy Project also provided her a basic startup kit and a cell phone supporting her self-employment and sustainable income. Further, the project’s follow-up team also helped her establish strong market linkages and the use of mobile phone has helped her increase her client base.

Memoona is very happy with the profit of PKR. 9930, she earned during last three months by providing basic animal healthcare treatment, vaccination and ear tagging services at not only her on village but to the adjacent communities as well.

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