Thank you for your support. The project has started gaining momentum since it is initiated.It has started bringing a positive impact in the lives of rural marginalized women of Faisalabad. The women during the last season, successfully grew and sold out "radish" and "Potatoes" and earned a handsome profit after selling it in the vegetable market and to the local vendors. The beneficiaries (Rashida, Khadija and Shamim) managed to earn 15000 PKR (150 USD) each after selling out the Radish. After the Radish, they have grown "Peas" in 3/4 of the acquired land. The women grew Spinach, Radish , Corriander and Turnips in rest of the land. The " Peas" are almost ready to be sold and the beneficiaries are expecting a handsome profit from it. Their husbands are very happy and are supporting them in every phase.
The beneficiaries have also planned to to grow Lady Finger and Green Chilli during the month of April . The concept of vegetable farming is getting popular among the areas and several other women groups has showed their interest in Vegetable farming and has started contacting AWARD Pakistan for loans.
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Thank you for your worthy donations and support. Through your support we have been able to implement a project which has started bringing the change in the lives of the rural. The vegetables grown during the month of August has started giving the yield to the beneficiaries. Three Beneficiaries Rashida, Khadija and Shamim made it possible through their hard work. They grew Radish , Potatoes, Corriander and Turnips. The Radish is ready and is ready to be sold. Potatoes would be the next one to be sold in the market. The Selling of Radish has given the beneficiries a good profit. They are very happy and satisfied and want to continue it. Their husbands are also involved in this and are helping them to sell the vegetables in the market.
One of the beneficiaries Khadija Bibi expressed her feelings " I am very grateful to the people who have helped me in achieving this and also AWARD Pakistan who have helped me so that I could support myself and my family. I would love to continue this thing and increase my land and the yield in the comingyears"
As mentioned in the previous reports, the amount of PKR 60,000 was given to the 5 women to promote the vegetable faming among women of the rural areas (Pilot). After doing some initial work, the group of women has already got the land on the contract and has sowed the vegetable seeds. So far the initial steps have been taken to save the vegetables from insects and pesticides. The initial spray has been done and the fertilizer has been given to the land to get the most out of it. The water distribution from the Canal Department in the village is quite satisfactory therefore it is not difficult for the beneficiaries to struggle for water for the vegetables as it is in some other parts of the province. The vegetables will be ready in 3 -5 months and therefore the result will be mentioned in the next report.But In some parts of the land the corriander vegetable has started to grow as it takes less time to grow than other main vegetables. The vegetables sown will be according to the season. The main vegetables to be sown in the club are corriander, garlic, potatoes, turnips and cabbage. depending on the season these vegetables. These vegetables give good profit when sold.
Thank you very much for the initil support and helping us reach our initial target of $5000 to attain a permanent spot on Global Giving.The organization has been working since 1994 and so far has benefitted more than 86000 direct beneficiaries through various interventions and programs.
In this project so far, AWARD Pakistan has already given the loan of Rs. 60,000 to the 5 women of Bilal Nagar, Tehsil Jhumra, District Faisalabad.
In the month of March, the beneficiaries negotiated with several land owners to get a piece of land on contractual basis. This thing took a little more than expected because most of the land offered were on a certain distance from the village and it was really hard to reach the piece of land especially in summers where the temperature goes upto 48 degree celsius. After a hardwork , the beneficiaries have been able to found a piece of land which very much closer to the village and have easy access. The land is quite rich and is quite fesible to grow vegetables. The beneficiaries have made a contract for 1 year which would be extendable later on after the completion.
The beneficiaries aong with their husbands have done the initial workings on the land such as making it feasible for growing vegetables through ploughing by a tractor.
There is one more important thign to mention that month of April is considered as a month of harvesting the wheat crop in Pakistan. Majority of the people living in the rural areas leave all their work and start cutting the wheat crop for the land owners who give them a share from the overall wheat stock for their services.This thing contributes in their family income therefore people leave everyother thing for this season.
As the harvesting season is ended now, therefore the beneficiaries will start growing the vegetable once the temperature falls. This will pass the month of June as it is too hot for the women to work in the farms.The are in constant communication with the agriculture experts who are guiding them on how to gro the off season vegetables. Hopefully the types of vegetables grown will be mentioned in the next report of July 2016.
Thank you very much for the initial support and helping us get our initial target of $ 5000 to attain a permanent spot on Global Giving. The organization has been working since 1994 and so far has benefitted more than 86000 direct beneficiraies through its interventions and programs.
In this project so far AWARD Pakistan has done the initial workings such as the areas interviews of the beneficiaries and the selection of the target areas. As discussed in the previous report the interviews from the 3 marginalized rural areas were conducted and Bilal Nagar, Tehsil Jhumra, Faisalabad was selected for the distribution of loan.
20 women (the deserving of all) were interviwed on December 01,2015 from the area Bilal Nagar,Tehsil Jhumra, Faisalabad. A group of 5 women has been has been selected from the 20 interviwees and a business development training was conducted with the Business group to improve their knowledge on managing the business.In the training they were taught about types of lands, types of vegetable farming,the process of venegtable farming, Book keeping and Money handing. The other 15 women who for some reason were not been selected for the loan were also invited to attend the training along with some other women so that in future they would be benefitted from the training.
At the end of the training a loan of Rs.60,000 was given to the 5 women so that they could get a land on contract basis and start growing the vegetables. The selection of land is under process as the 5 women with the help of their husbands are looking for a suitable land which should be somehow closer to the village (Bilal Nagar) to have easy access. In this regard the negotiations are going on with few land owners and the it will soon be finalized. With the selection of the land (which is expected to be done at the end of Feb 28,2016) the 5 women will start the vegetable farming and that would be mentioned in the next report which is due in May,2016.
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