Women during harvestiing
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.
Beneficiaries during harvesting