Females are equal in number to men in Afghanistan but their involvement in socio-economic affairs is insignificant because of cultural norms, lack of education, etc. A females name Mushtari Hesari who belongs to the Parwan province of Afghanistan not only supports her family economically but she also gained many skills that help her to create a better future for her family.
Mushatri lives in a place where females are rarely involved in decision making. They rely on the male members of the family for financial assistance. However, Mushtari’s aim is to improve the lives of the females in her area. Because of this vision, she took a step for the females of her area.
Mushtari took an initiative to teach basic literacy skills to the females of her area. But she realized that this is not enough to change the lives of females. She then participated in the training courses of FAO about dairy goods, livestock management, and good farming practices.
After completing her training she shares this expertise with other females of area. At first, she faces many hurdles to persuade the families of those ladies to attend the training courses. But with the passage of time people realize that by empowering females they can improve their livelihood.
Mushtari work as a trainer in the IDS project in 2014. She trained more than 1000 females in livestock management & good farming practices through IDS. She also made a self group to generate income and to build the monetary capability of these females. These self groups help females to interact with each other and to solve the problems of each other. They also start an initiative in which they made a saving box where they save money and use them when in need or for their small businesses.
Mushtari was able to establish 54 self-help group of females comprising of 20-25 members per group throughout the Parwan province. Mushatri said: “The females in these teams have their own vegetables & dairy products to sell and they are generating income. Because of this, they are helping their families and they are able to send their children to school. They are also retailing their homemade goods in the market and in fairs.”
Mushtari has become an example for many females in her area and outside of the area.