Muhammad Akhlaq Khan is a 45-year-old disabled person and a resident of Bathara, district Bagh-AJK. Akhlaq lost his hand in an accident and as the sole bread winner of the family became unemployed. Akhlaq has five girls and two sons. All his children are school-going and after the accident the financial stresses of the family increased. Akhlaq’s wife lend a helping hand to him but the income was not enough to keep the body and soul together.
Meanwhile, Islamic Relief started its development interventions through Community Livelihood Improvement Project (CLIP), and after baseline survey with the help of a CO, Akhlaq was identified as right holder of the project.providing_sustainable_solutions
Akhlaq says that the community organization discussed the importance of poultry and identified the need for proper training related to poultry management. “I showed my interest to participate in that training. The CO nominated me for the training through a group resolution, and Islamic Relief staff recommended me after an interview.”
“I attended seven days training in Bagh conducted by veterinary doctors and other technical people. I participated well and showed interest in running business related to poultry. The trainers encouraged me and appreciated my existing skills and knowledge”.
“After completing training, I requested my CO to help me in the construction of a poultry farm shed and provision of chicks for the farm. The CO helped me to run the business sustainably.
The Islamic Relief (IR) team visited my locality and provided support through provision of chicks for rearing. Islamic Relief technical staff guided me during the construction of my farm. I have been working in my own poultry farm for almost eight months with my eldest son.
I and my family are satisfied with this business. During this time period, Islamic Relief’s technical staff have visited my poultry farm on a regular basis to provide me more information, and techniques to handle the poultry birds for gaining maximum profit. I have sold three flocks of chicken and earned a profit of almost Rs. 16,000 from sale of the first flock”. I would request to donors to fund these types of income generation interventions for other persons of the area, so that they can develop and sustain.