NAHR-E-SHAHI DISTRICT, Balkh Province – A cold wind twists through the lanes of Sultan Baba Alishir village, rattling the doors and windows of mud houses. Bibi Siamoi, 33, is humming while she sweeps her small yard. A cow and a calf occupy a corner of the yard, swishing their tails as they chew on cud.
, which aims to improve the economic conditions of destitute families through livelihood support. Since August 2016, she and many other ultra-poor families in Baba Alishir village in Nahr-e-Shahi district have been the beneficiaries of livelihood grants—receiving a cow and calf — and income support under the program. “,” says Siamoi.
As a result of the grants, livelihoods in the district have improved. Siamoi is now able to feed her three children, but the wrinkles on her face bear testimony to the harsh times she has survived. “There was no work and everything was just bad,” she says. “Thanks to the program, which has given me a cow, my situation has changed completely. The cow is the best blessing in my life, I think I am the luckiest woman in the world now.”
Zahra, 50, another beneficiary from the same village, has also seen a transformation in her life. “,” she says. “Our economic situation has improved.”
In addition to giving livelihood and income support, TUP also provides information on hygiene and animal husbandry. “,” says Zahra.