When living became unbearable, her family moved to Peshawar which left them homeless, destitute and helpless. They spent ten years in limbo moving from camps to rental houses. Her brothers did odd jobs to make ends meet until the area was cleared and they were allowed to go back. “Despite being empty-handed and with nothing to sleep on or eat, we found peace when we finally came back to our homes,” said Samina.
To provide sustainable livelihood and income-generating opportunities to returning Temporarily Dislocated Persons (TDPs), UNDP implemented the FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme (FERP) with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Vocational skills development training is one of the main components of the programme along with business incubation trainings, business grants, temporary employment opportunities, access to microfinance, etc. So far skills training has been provided to 2,356 youth from the region out of which 801 are women.
Due to mobility issues, trainings were arranged for women in their villages in trades which they can easily practise from home--such as quilt making, fashion designing, embroidery, handicrafts, crochet work, etc. In addition, these women were also provided tool kits such as sewing machines, raw materials, fabrics, and solar panels to kickstart their businesses.