Rakia, 28 years old mother of 4 children lives in Khamshorak village of Balkhab district. Her husband migrated to Iran two years ago in search of a job and has not returned yet. She says “after my husband left I used to work for neighbors and relatives to earn a living for myself and my kids” Her husband was a farmer and has a small rain-fed land, he was not able to earn enough for his family therefore he migrated.
Rakia joined has joined Perozi Self Help Group and attended in regular meetings, received Group Management, Microfinance and Business Development Services (BDS) Training. Then she enrolled in poultry vocational training and received poultry startup kit as a helping hand to establish her poultry enterprise.
Now she has got her own poultry farm, producing around 15 eggs every day. She sells the eggs with help of HiH Af’s village enterprise facilitator for AFN 6 each. During the BDS training, she learned that she can make income selling dairy products. She has leased her husband’s agricultural land with guidance and motivation from the HiH Af’s field staff. She says “training helped me to understand and run a business. Now I don’t have to worry about running my family. I am confident that life will be better soon.”
Rakia has planned to get a loan from the SHG and buy more chickens so that she can produce more eggs because now she understands the market demand.