A new beginning for Shahnaz

Shahnaz at work

 

Shahnaz, a 32-year-old widow and her family of seven are among thousands of internally displaced person (IDP) families who lost their house, possessions and livelihoods upon their return to Bara, Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Supported by UNDP Pakistan and the FATA Secretariat, the Society for Human and Institutional Development (SHID) helped Shahnaz and 99 other vulnerable families revive livelihood activities and create new income sources.

 “I was very excited when I heard that UNDP and the FATA Secretariat were providing cash grants to returning IDPs” Shahnaz said.

A three-day business management skills training (BMST) was organized for 100 women in Akka Khel, Shahnaz’s village. Participants were given a basic understanding of business functions and parameters adapted to cater to local needs. The entire session was conducted in Pashto.

Shahnaz used her livelihood training and PKR 22,000 cash grant to purchase a sewing machine and establish a small, home-based tailoring business. She stitches and sells dresses to the villagers and is able to earn an income suited to her family’s needs.