Community Empowerment through Livelihood Development (CELD)

The project titled "Community Empowerment through Livelihood Development (CELD)", has just been successfully finalized and was co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and HOPE'87. HOPE'87-Pakistan has implemented the project in Tehsil & District Layyah of Punjab Province through its local partner Hashoo Foundation.

As per the approved project proposal, the overall objective of the project was to contribute to the promotion of community driven livelihood initiatives for poverty reduction including women's socio-economic empowerment and rights in Pakistan (MDG 1). Thus, this project addressed the strengthening of the dairy sector in 2 Union Councils of Layyah over a period of two years and 3 months. The project aimed to improve the capacity of 1,200 dairy farmers and 10 Livestock Extension Workers (LEWs), through training in livestock management. The project also aimed to form 5 Community Based Organization (CBOs), who then managed dairy development activities and operated as business hubs on behalf of the project beneficiaries.

The project has initiated a change process in the community towards improving social life, which was observed in field and documented under knowledge management. There was no concept in the area about community organization for carrying out initiatives through collective decision-making. The project has induced a spirit of social cohesion by organizing the community as Community Based Organization (CBO) being registered as CCBs. The members of the CCBs realized the importance and purpose of working together. Similarly, training of farmers, development of the DBCs and its progress depicted community interest in the project. This strengthened the project claim that social life of the beneficiaries has improved and was expected to improve even further due to confidence of the community in the project.