To improve the situation of poor families and help them to make a living on their own, Kurdistan Save the Children started the Income Generation Project (IGP). The Project operates in villages in several districts of Kurdistan with funds from Patenschaften in Kurdistan (PIK).
At the start of the project staff visited a number of areas to identify villages most in need of assistance. Female-headed-households in the selected villages were consulted to determine the best course of action for the project. Then a survey was undertaken of the orphans, widows and disabled people living in the villages to identify the families with the greatest need.
Implementation Of The Project
- The objectives of the project were explained to the beneficiaries and a contract was drawn up to ensure their commitment to it.
- A committee, made up of finance and logistic experts and IGP’s staff, was formed for the purpose of purchasing livestock.
- When purchasing the livestock, the committee took into consideration the age, healthy, and whether they were pregnant. The chosen livestock will be vaccinated on a regular basis.
- The animals were distributed according to the size of the household.
- Fodder and money for the treatment of sick animals was provided.
- The project was monitored on a continuous basis by KSC staff to enable an evaluation of its effectiveness.
- For a period of two years half of the produce from the animals was sold to earn money to purchase additional livestock which was then distributed to new beneficiaries.
The Project Activities
- In 1994, 50 goats were distributed to 10 families from the villages of Imam Qadir, Chrcha Qala and Bawa Khoshen in Darbandixan district.
- In 1995, 100 goats were distributed to 18 families from the villages of Chalarash, Nbka and Tukin in the areas of Kalar and Kfri.
- In 1996, 222 goats were distributed to 52 families (female headed households and orphan children) damaged by the ANFAL campaign in Smud Sub district.
- In 1999 625 sheep were distributed to 125 families in the Smud collective town, Sarqala, Kalarikon, Grda Gozina and displaced people in Grda Gozina
390 Cashmere goats were distributed to 81 families in the area. The wool of the goats were used to make traditional Kurdish clothes, four sewing machines were also given to assist with the clothes making activity. This project started in 2001 and ended in 2003.
In Bawze area 230 Cashmere goats were distributed to 46 families. The project started in December 2002 and ended in 2005.
Halsho is one of the Kurdish towns famous for making high quality Kurdish fabric. In this area, 206 Cashmere goats were distributed to 44 families. On the 23rd of September 2006, Ms. Trudi Weber from the PIK organization visited the families involved in the project to see how they were progressing. The project started in 2006 and it is still ongoing.