Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund implements livelihood support program in KPOctober 17, 2019
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is implementing the Livelihood Support & Promotion of Small Community Infrastructure Programme (LACIP) in three districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through its partner organizations. The programme is financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW and is being implemented by PPAF’s partner organizations namely National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) and Sabawoon in 12 union councils including 36 village councils of districts Buner, Shangla and Lakki Marwat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively.
LACIP entails three major components including Institutional Development, Community Physical Infrastructure and Livelihood Enhancement & Protection. The overall objective of the program focus is to contribute to the improvement of public infrastructure allowing for better access and sustainable usage by people living in selected project regions, provide access to income opportunities and improve political participation in the programme region and the stepping up of dialogue between government and citizens.
One of the most important programme components is Livelihood Enhancement, which includes skills training and asset transfers for beneficiaries with Poverty Score Card scores less than 23. Under the assets transfer component, 1250 assets will be provided to the beneficiaries, technical and vocational training will be conducted to equip the beneficiaries with technical knowledge to start their businesses Out of these 325 assets will be provided in Shangla, 375 in Buner and 550 in Lakki Marwat.
To celebrate the “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” SRSP and NRSP organized asset transfer events in Shangla and Buner respectively. During these events 15 females and 5 males received assets in Shangla and 21 community members including 14 males and 7 females were transferred assets in Buner. The assets comprised items for setting up general stores, cloth shops and tuck shops.
The chief guest, Muhammad Khalid, Deputy Commissioner Buner acknowledged the work done by PPAF through NRSP and extended his full support, he said, “The only solution for poverty eradication is through involving the local communities. The event was also attended by Mr Saeed Raza, Regional Program Officer NRSP, Mr Istikhar Ahmed, District Program Officer, NRSP, Mr Arshad Iqbal, Chairman LSO, Mr Lutfur Rahman, Member LSO, Mr Mohammad Khaliq, Ex Nazim VC Bengalai and Mr Abdul Nasir Khan, Ex Tehsil Member.
Speaking on this occasion, Mohammad Khaliq, Ex Nazim VC Bengalai, Shangla appreciated the contribution of SRSP in the development of the area, he said added, “There is an urgent need to introduce more of such initiatives to promote small enterprises and ensure economic uplift. The emphasis should be on capacity building to better equip people.”
The beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude to all the organizations playing a role in eradicating poverty and equipping communities with the tools to lead a better life. One of the beneficiaries, Tajia Bibi, who runs a small home-based cosmetic shop said, “Hopefully this initiative will change the economic situation of my life and my income will increase. The extra income will help me to access the basic necessities of life and I will be able to support my husband in his economic cycle”
Another beneficiary of SRSP, Amriz Khan said, “I prefer to work instead of getting charity and through this initiative I will now hopefully improve my socio-economic condition and carve a better future for my family.”
Eradicating poverty and capacity building is one of the key focuses of the program, through the initiative; some of the major constraints have been identified and transformed into an opportunity. The provision of such packages will further facilitate the vulnerable communities in income generation.