In 2017, Islamic Relief Waqf funding empowered 33 poor women to kick-start sustainable livelihoods in Tirana, Lushnja and Kavaje. Working in rural communities, we gave the women livestock such as cows, goats and sheep, and trained them in managing and caring for their animals. Food for the livestock was also provided, as were free veterinary services for a year to help ensure the animals remained healthy.
Food security has improved for the families, who now have reliable access to products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Selling their excess produce gives the women a regular and lasting source of income, boosting their self-sufficiency.
“Islamic Relief Waqf has been, and continues to be, a great help to my family,” said Marime, explaining that water and electricity bills take half of the small allowance the family receives from the government. “How else would I pay for my children’s meals and clothes?”
Thanks to the Islamic Relief Waqf project, she, at last, has the means to
earn a living.
“When you brought me the cow, I joked that I had four children,” she told us. “It is a great responsibility and needs care, as with the children. I have to spend a lot of time caring for and feeding the cow, but I’m happy, very happy. “I have no words to describe the first time I made money from selling the milk – I bought sweets for my children.” Having a livelihood has improved not just the family’s standard of living, but also Marime’s self-esteem, she said. “I feel fulfilled,
employed, as this helps not only with our income, but also I have milk, cheese and yoghurt for my family.
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