Community Investment Fund
Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and pro-poor growth. CIF is a revolutionary program that ensure that women have more equitable access to a financial resource in order to achieve women’s economic empowerment. Under the CIF program, ownership of the funds is transferred to women communities, federated into village organization (VO) and they are made the custodian of the program. The program intents provision of financial services to the rural poor in form of CIF Loans and Income Generating grants. Under the project around 7,710 beneficiaries are benefited for rural financial service with a total disbursement figure of Rs. 90.27 million. It includes 1264 CIF revolving funds, 288 income generating grants for the poor and marginalized women, 189 enterprise development grants for the potential women entrepreneurs, training of 624 women in management of CIF and 24 women as credit extension workers.
Literacy and Functional Skills Trainings
Universal education is one of the fundamental steps through which rural poor could be incorporated into the fold of inclusive economic growth. The Project aims to equip rural women with basic literacy, numeracy and functional skills through the provision of Adult Literacy Centers in the targeted districts. a total of 24 teachers were trained in literary and functional skills and are further appointed to impart the knowledge and skills in these centers.
480 learners were trained in functional and numeracy skills.
Women Business Centers
The project aims to empower the Village organization to an extent that it becomes in independent income generating body, through which all its members could benefit and could get empowered during the process. For this purpose, SRSP has established 24 women business centers in different village banks of the intervention districts. In these business centers the community resource person provides trainings to rural women in different trades identified by the community. About 16 basic trades are introduced on the demand of community and 48 Master Trainers/resource persons in each District were trained in Adda Work, Crochet Work, Salma Sitara Work, Fashion Design, burqa making, Winta wool, curtain making, etc. etc. and their training kits are placed in their business centers.
Furthermore, each master trainer of the respective business center has been given support equipment to ensure the sustainability of center. These equipment’s are provided on need basis after carrying out a need assessment survey through consultation with the visiting community women.
Technical and Vocational Trainings
WEEMD has successfully achieved its set target to train 900 men and women community.
The objective of technical and vocational skill training component is to create employment opportunities for the rural community members through provision of employable technical and vocational skills. 524 females and 376 men are trained in different trade in district Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera. Women are given trainings in Ada work, crochet work, fashion designing, hand purse, hand embroidery and burqa making etc. Whereas, Male beneficiaries are trained in plumbing, electrician, computer hardware, generator repairing, UPS repairing, heavy machinery, Solar Panel installation. Auto mechanic and mobile repairing.
In this component nutrition and health awareness sessions are conducted with the communities of project WEEMD, aiming to mobilize the women to adopt healthy eating habits for themselves and their children. The ultimate goal behind the awareness on nutrition is to reduce the dilemma of malnutrition among the community with an immediate focus on women and children. This component has been designed in keen collaboration with the support of integrated health department, Government of KP.
During the period, 3610 community women has received the awareness sessions on nutrition.