Our Projects | 01 February 2014

Knowledge sharing of ERKF project with potential business women of FATA from Kurram and Mohmand Agency.

Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA (ERKF) was a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) project managed by the World Bank and implemented by ERKF-FATA throughout the FATA region. The project aimed at revitalizing and rehabilitating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that suffered due to militancy or the floods of 2010.

In this assignment FRD worked in Mohmand Agency and Kurram Agency on identification of potential business women and dissemination of the information to women who run SMEs regarding the availability of the support from ERKF. In this connection field staff was deployed in both the agencies to collect data and arrange a one day activity of knowledge sharing workshops with potential business women of FATA. A total of 8 knowledge sharing workshops were conducted, 4 each in Mohmand and Kurram Agency. In the knowledge sharing workshops the resource person introduced the ERKF project to women, provided information on the types of various grants that ERKF offered (Rehabilitation Support, Up-gradation Support, Capacity Building and Business Development Support), and the eligibility criteria and guidance on how to avail those grants. The field staff helped the women in filling the application forms and provided all necessary support to ensure that women folk do get benefit from the opportunities offered by ERKF. 

Focused areas of activity were Lower and Central Kurram in Kurram Agency; Halimzai, Pindialai and Ekka Ghund Tehsils in Mohmand Agency. The workshops were useful for the community as a whole as the participants would apply and extend the learning in their respective areas accordingly.

The overall result of activity was very positive as FATA women were in much need of such activities because there had been a high level of potential in those women that needed to be promoted to empower them economically and socially. Indirectly the men were also beneficiaries as women would help in earning livelihood. It would help bring a positive change in the social and economic status of the women.

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