We are raising funds for our Poultry Development Services Programme which is aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. PDS provides the tools and training for families living in poverty to start a small poultry enterprise from home.
In rural Bengal there are few job opportunities available especially for women. This is compounded by their poor education, illiteracy and lack of economic skills. Many people rely on casual agricultural labour for an income, earning as little as $1.90 per day for, on average, 210 days a year (c. $400 or £285 a year). Lack of job opportunities also causes men to migrate to cities or other states for work. Women and children remain in the villages with little or no opportunity to earn money,
We have successfully found a solution that empowers women in particular - an enterprise she can do from home to provide her with a regular income, better nutrition as well as a sense of pride and dignity. Chickens are the ideal solution! We provide everything our beneficiaries need to start earning money in one life-changing 'toolkit' which includes 10 newly hatched chicks, vaccinations and chick feed and, most importantly, expert training for six months to ensure her enterprise is successful.