Pakistan - Rural Voices - South Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project - November 2019
Shabana Bibi, a farmer and seamstress, at home with a Charpai, a handwoven daybed that is used for eating, sleeping, sitting. The handwoven material allows air to pass and is used therefore optimal for the warm area, in which Shabana lives. Temperatures are on the rise due to climate change and make her work on the fields more arduous. Apart from carrying out many household duties and caring for her children, Shabana also works on nearby fields with crops and livestock, and sews and stitches on order. She is a beneficiary of the local food bank which is funded by the South Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project (SPPAP) in cooperation with IFAD and allows resource smoothing over seasons: when Shabana can't provide for her family with her own crops she gets grain from the food bank and after harvesting season she pays back in grain. Through the project she has also been able to purchase a goat and thus further diversify her income by selling milk, too. Shabana was interviewed for IFAD's Rural Voices project and outlined some of the challenges she faces: increasing food prices and financial constraints impair her ability to prepare diverse and nutritious food for her children. She appreciates the opportunities she got through the local food bank project and wishes for more financial support in form of loan schemes in the future.
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