Noor Bibi, 47 years old, widow and mother of 6 kids, lives in a joint family with her married son in Chil Dokhtaran village of Dehdadi district.
She says “we are originally from Sancharak district of Sarepul province and we fled the war and insecurity with our family and other villagers to Pakistan, we lived for 20 years in Queta city of Pakistan, two years ago we were forced to leave and then we came back here. My husband had some disease and passed away and now we all live in a joint family of 12 people, my eldest son is 28 years old, married and father of 5 kids, he is the only breadwinner for the entire family.
Hand in Hand Afghanistan mobilized Noor Bibi under “Creating future economic prospect for reintegration of returnees and IDPs through the layers poultry value chain” project.
HiH Af implements the above mentioned project funded by GIZ in three north and north-eastern provinces of Afghanistan, the project covers 1,500 families, train and support them in establishing layers poultry farms.
Noor Bibi received poultry training and tools to build chicken coop, then she received 25 egg producing chickens and feed to establish her micro-enterprise. She says “My son doesn’t have any skill and works as scraps collector, his income has never been sufficient for the entire family, I was always searching for work in others home to earn something”.
Now, Noor Bibi produces around 18 eggs daily and sells each for AFN 5. She says “I am earning about AFN 2,500 now and it helps me to provide better food for my family and also we have available egg to eat at home all the time”.
She is planning to save some money for son’s treatment, she says “My son is not well and I am planning to reproduce chickens to expand my business and save some money for treatment of my son”.
HiH Af supports returnees and IDPs with funding from GIZ to create sustainable poultry enterprises and generate income for improving lives of vulnerable people including women and children in rural and semi-urban communities.