Pakistan: Report on Rural Women Income Rehabilitation Project

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
Originally published



The security forces operation and the displacement at District Swat, NWFP, Pakistan have deprived the women of the area from their sole source of income- poultry and goats as during the complex emergency situation they either sold it during the crisis to support their families or left back in home during the displacement due to transportation hindrance. While the remaining live-stock and poultry either died due to no care and no food or slaughtered by the people remained in the conflict area.

To revive and rehabilitate the income sources of the rural women SYF proposed a project proposal " Rural Women Income Rehabilitation Project" to the Program for Advancement of Gender Equality (PAGE), CIDA, Islamabad, Pakistan to rehabilitate affected rural women source of income and empower them to play an active role in performing their domestic responsibilities.

Under the proposed project SYF proposed to provide poultry and goat to the rural women of the most sensitive and affected rural areas of District Swat namely, Tehsil Kabal, Tehsil Charbagh and Tehsil Babozai and hence under the proposed project 1100 hens to 275 women with an estimate of 4 hens to each woman have been provided. Similarly 150 goats were provided to 150 targeted beneficiaries' families with a ratio of each goat to each woman. The distribution of poultry and live stock was based on the needs and family size of the women and her dependents. The recipient woman was not entitled to receive both goat and hens


To empower the conflict and displacement affected rural women by reviving and rehabilitating their source of income after their return.


  • To provide emergency assistance in the form of poultry and live stock to the most vulnerable rural women.
  • To ensure income security status of women and to enhance their capacity to carry out their domestic responsibilities and overcome the psychological distress caused by displacement
  • Implement rural income generating activities such as provision of Poultry and live stock for vulnerable groups of the population, such as women's groups, and women and elderlyheaded households